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Birdwatching in Africa - Red-bellied Parrot, Poicephalus rufiventris


The Red-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris) is a small African parrot about 23 cm long of the genus Poicephalus. It is a mostly greenish and grey parrot. Males have a bright orange belly and females have a greenish belly.

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Range map
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Description
The red-bellied parrot is a small parrot about 23 cm long and weights 140 g. It is a mostly greenish and grey bird with the green being more prominent over its lower surfaces and the grey more prominent over its upper surfaces. Adult birds have green feathers covering the upper portions of their legs, red irises and dark grey beaks.

The species is sexually dimorphic; Typically, males have a bright orange lower chest and abdomen, whilst adult females are greenish on these lower areas. The dimorphism occurs from a young age and is seen even in young chicks still in the nest.

Although the name red-bellied parrot implies that the parrot has hints of red, the word for the color orange was not introduced into the English language until after the fruit orange was discovered and named, so some animals which are colored orange by our current definition were named red due to the fact that a word for the color orange didn't exist in English.

Length: 23 cm
Wingspan:
Weight: 140 g
Longevity:
Distinctive Feature

Similar Species



From opus at www.birdforum.net the forum for wild birds and birding.
Female / Male

Male: Orange-red chest
Female: Green and grey chest

From opus at www.birdforum.net the forum for wild birds and birding.


Listen to the Red-bellied Parrot

Remarks from the Recordist

Natural vocalization; calls from a bird flying in, then a number of calls as it sat on the top of a large snag, and then a few calls as it flew off. Habitat was a dense riparian corridor along a large river.


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Breeding
The red-bellied parrot nests in tree cavities. The eggs are white and there are usually three in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days and the chicks leave the nest about 63 days after hatching.

Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 1 November 2019
Location: Borana Lodge, Oromia, Ethiopia


Red-bellied Parrot, Poicephalus rufiventris
Red-bellied Parrot - 1 November 2019 - Borana Lodge, Oromia, Ethiopia

Red-bellied Parrot, Poicephalus rufiventris
Red-bellied Parrot - 1 November 2019 - Borana Lodge, Oromia, Ethiopia



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