Grass Parrots


rock parrot

neophema petrophila

perruche pétrophile





photo by J.P. PARIS




Length 22cm, weight 50 g average.
Most specialised member of the family regarding to its restriction to harsh costal habitat which imposes a basically terrestrial lifestyle and ground nesting on rocky shore lines and offshore islands. Two different isolated populations exist

Sexual dimorphism is very slight, female being duller with a narrower blue frontal band. The immatures are duller, frontal band being absent but wing stripe present, their beak is light horn-coloured.

Very rare in Australian aviaries, unknown in European ones

The cinnamon and fallow mutations are known in Australia.



click to see another beautiful photo from J.P. PARIS