Rock Pebbler


Rock pebblers make laid-back pet bird. They can be social, but these birds are also capable of entertaining themselves and enjoy their independence. Unlike some other species of parrots, the rock pebbler does not require constant handling, although they are friendly pet birds that enjoy human interaction.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Although the Rock pebbler is not prone to illness or disease, they can get intestinal worms or fungal infections if they are not kept inside or in an outdoor aviary with a clean, cement floor free of dirt due to their natural instincts to eat on the ground. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables will please these pet birds. Male rock pebblers have a mostly yellow body with olive plumage around the crown and neck. The male bird’s wings are also mostly yellow. A broad red band is located on the inner wing converts of males and the band is bluish-black on the outer wing coverts. Female rock pebbles are a more olive color and their red bands are duller. Female rock pebblers have a blue-green tail with pink tip on the underside. While the male and female rock Pebblers have color distinctions, western-born males are a duller yellow color, making it more difficult to decipher between the sexes.

Expert Advice

“Rock pebblers are friendly and easy going, but are nervous with their nesting. Leave the hen alone when nesting. Of all the Australian parakeets I would say the rock pebbler and Australian King are the best at picking up whistles and words.”

Melinda Schmitz, owner of Anza’s Australian Beauties aviaries

Breed Details

Native Region:
southwest and southeast regions of Australia
15 to 16 inches
Life Expectancy:
up to 30 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Low. Rock pebblers that do learn to speak are birds of few words. They typically learn to mimic sounds and calls from other birds. According to breeders who have raised rock pebblers, the words said by these pet birds learn are usually picked up from other birds.