Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon (species: Petrophassa rufipennis) in Australian Birds (Gaia Guide)
Petrophassa rufipennis
Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon

©Redaguoti: Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon (Petrophassa rufipennis)

©Dave Curtis: Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon (Petrophassa rufipennis)

©John Gerrard Keulemans: Chestnut-quilled Rock-pigeon (Petrophassa rufipennis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Petrophassa
Species Petrophassa rufipennis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is dark brown with light scalloping. The head, face and neck have grey spots. The throat is white. It displays a chestnut brown wingpatch when in flight. (Simpson and Day)


  • From 28 cm to 32 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 35 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Sandstone Cliffs. (Simpson and Day)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.