There are nine species of Poicephalus parrots but only four species are commonly kept as pets: the Meyer's Parrot, Senegal Parrot, Red-bellied Parrot and Brown-headed Parrot.
Physically, Poicephalus parrots are considered a medium sized parrot. They have stocky bodies, large heads and beaks and short tails.
Poicephalus parrots are often described as easy-going,affectionate, playful and curious. Although they do need daily interaction they also can be independent and entertain themselves if provided proper enrichment and lots of toys to chew.
These medium sized parrots are not as noisy as many other parrot species and they prefer a quiet home environment. Given proper socialization they can bond to the entire household and make excellent pets and loyal friends. Poicephalus parrots are also intelligent and can often learn to talk and perform tricks.
Poicephalus parrots are native to the African continent. Their habitat is characterized as open woodlands and savannas.
This species diet cinsists of fruits, leaf buds, and seed. They are also considered to be agricultural pests due to their fondness for corn and millet crops.
Poicephalus parrots nest in tree hollows.
Many of the Poicephalus species are threatened by illegal trapping activities for resale to the pet trade.
The Cape Parrot population is significantly threatened by Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD). Sadly, as of 2010, there were only an estimated 1200 Cape Parrots remaining in the wild.
Listen to Meyer's Parrots in the wild:
View a video of Meyer's Parrots:Source: The Internet Bird Collection
View a video of Senegal Parrots:Source:The Internet Bird Collection
To see more pictures and obtain information about individual Poicephalus species click on the links below: