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Regent Parrot

 (Polytelis anthopeplus)

Also known as: Smoker, Smoker Parrot, Mallee Smoker, Rock Pebbler, Rock Peplar, Black-tailed Parrot or Parakeet, Regal Parrot, Marlock Parrot

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Regent's parakeet
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Did You Know?

The Regent (or Rock Pebblar) Parrot will occasionally breed in holes in the ground in vertical riverbanks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Polytelis anthopeplus

Species Profile

Genus: Polytelis | Species: anthopeplus

Size:

40cm (15.6 in)

Weight:

150-206g (5.25-7.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: P.a. anthopeplus, P.a. westralis

Colourization Adult:

P.a. anthopeplus: Male-bright yellow head, underparts and rump; dusky olive mantle and upper back; dusky olive inner scapulars washed variously with black; black outer scapulars and tertial feathers; lower tertials washed with red; yellow patch on folded wing; red inner secondary coverts tipped with yellow; black tail, tipped finely on undersides of side tail feathers with yellow/white. Bill orange/red. Eye orange. Female-yellow/olive head and underparts; dull yellow wing patch; wing patch smaller in size; lower tertials and inner secondary coverts pink/red; upper tail dull olive, the side tail feathers widely tipped and margined with red/pink on inner webs. Eye brown/orange.
P.a. westralis: Male-differs from anthopeplus in that head and underparts are duller olive/yellow. Female-as in anthopeplus, but more olive, less yellow on head and underparts; less dull yellow on lesser and median wing coverts.

Colourization Juvenile:

P.a. anthopeplus: As in adult female. Bill orange/yellow. Eye dark brown.

Call:

Contact call is described as prolonged and rolling; harsher than call of Superb Parrot. Also emits a quiet twittering after landing. Feeds in silence.

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Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 91611, Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus, Connop, Scott, Victoria, Australia, Dec. 9 1993, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Regent's parakeet
© Susan Flashman | License: Fotolia

Did You Know?

The Regent (or Rock Pebblar) Parrot will occasionally breed in holes in the ground in vertical riverbanks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Polytelis anthopeplus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Less common

Longevity:

25yrs

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 7m (23 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet, and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Provide bird-safe, non-sprayed branches such as fir, pine, elder and willow; also provide flowering branches.

Nest Box Size:

Diagonal nestbox, 7" x 7" x 24" (17.8cm x 17.8cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

20 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

7g (0.2 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Avicultural Society of Australia

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Regent's parakeet
© Susan Flashman | License: Fotolia

Did You Know?

The Regent (or Rock Pebblar) Parrot will occasionally breed in holes in the ground in vertical riverbanks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Polytelis anthopeplus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Above 21,500

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

P.a. anthopeplus is endangered. The clearance of mallee scrub, road kills, the taking over of nesting hollows by honeybees and Galahs and human interference are considered to be threats.

Range:

P.a. anthopeplus: Inland SE Australia, near middle of Murray and lower Darling Rivers and corresponding tributaries in far SE New South Wales and NW Victoria to nearby E South Australia.
P.a. westralis: SW Australia, north to Lake Moore district and east to eastern Goldfields, Balladonia district, and Israelite Bay.

Habitat:

Found in riparian river redgum habitats, mallee scrub areas, box woodland with cypress pine, orchards and vineyards. In the west this species is found in Acacia and Eucalyptus woodland.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on grass seeds, herbs, fruits, berries, buds and flowers. Cereal crops and nuts from orchards may also be taken.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Birds disperse over large area after breeding season. Outside of breeding birds are found in boisterous flocks of a hundred or more, but are generally wary of humans. Feeds mainly on the ground.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 rounded eggs, 31.0 x 24.5mm (1.2 x 0.9 in)

Breeding Season:

August-January

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Research: Do feral honey bees and Regent Parrots compete for nest sites?
National Parks and Wildlife Service - New South Wales

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Regent's parakeet
© Susan Flashman | License: Fotolia

Did You Know?

The Regent (or Rock Pebblar) Parrot will occasionally breed in holes in the ground in vertical riverbanks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Polytelis anthopeplus

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