Parrots (Psittacidae)

Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus) - HBW 4, p. 397

French: Perruche mélanure German: Bergsittich Spanish: Perico Regente
Other common names: Rock Peppler

Taxonomy: Palæornis anthopeplus Lear, 1831, no locality = New South Wales; error, now replaced by Bolgart, c. 40 km north of Toodyay, south-west Australia.
Forms a parapatric species pair with P. swainsonii. Eastern race erroneously listed as nominate in past, with western birds placed in race westralis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • anthopeplus (Lear, 1831) - SW Australia.
  • monarchoides Schodde, 1993 - interior W part of SE Australia.