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Red-bellied Parrot

 (Poicephalus rufiventris)

Also known as: Orange-bellied Parrot, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Red-breasted Parrot, Abyssinian Parrot

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Red-bellied Parrot foraging
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Did You Know?

The male of this species has a bright orange/red belly, whereas the female's abdomen is the same brown/grey colouration as the head. This is the reverse of the Ruppell's parrot, another African species, where the female is the more brightly coloured.

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Species Profile

Genus: Poicephalus | Species: rufiventris

Size:

22cm (8.6 in)

Weight:

113-142g (4-5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-grey/brown, with varying tinges of brown/orange on cheeks and breast; orange lower breast, abdomen and underwing coverts; pale green/blue thighs and lower flanks to undertail coverts; yellow/green rump and upper tail coverts with blue suffusion. Bill grey/black. Cere and eye ring bare and brown/grey. Eye orange/red. Female-green lower breast to undertail coverts; green rump and upper tail coverts, blue suffusion absent.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female, but in general paler and duller; in male orange wash on underwing coverts and breast. Cere and eye ring bare and paler grey. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight sharp and high-pitched, repeated intermittently. Also a lower-pitched, more gutteral note.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Upatsix.com
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 138962, Red-bellied Parrot , Macaulay, Linda, Tanzania, Oct. 14 2002, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Red-bellied Parrot foraging
© Mikel Hendriks | flickr.com

Did You Know?

The male of this species has a bright orange/red belly, whereas the female's abdomen is the same brown/grey colouration as the head. This is the reverse of the Ruppell's parrot, another African species, where the female is the more brightly coloured.

Academic Research

Related publications: Poicephalus rufiventris

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

20-25yrs

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure or suspended cage, minimum length 2m (6.5 ft).

Diet:

Cooked beans and pulses, boiled maize; sunflower seed, dry, soaked or sprouted; fruit such as: apple, orange, bananas, cactus fruits, pomegranates; rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, fresh corn, green leaves; spray millet; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Are curious and active; provide swings, ladders and noise-makers (bells), puzzle toys, foraging toys, bird-safe wood and vegetable-tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 12" x 12" x 24" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

3

Incubation Time:

24-26 days

Fledging Age:

10 weeks

Hatch Weight:

7g (0.2 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Wings Central

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Red-bellied Parrot foraging
© Mikel Hendriks | flickr.com

Did You Know?

The male of this species has a bright orange/red belly, whereas the female's abdomen is the same brown/grey colouration as the head. This is the reverse of the Ruppell's parrot, another African species, where the female is the more brightly coloured.

Academic Research

Related publications: Poicephalus rufiventris

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present.

Range:

Somalia and S and E Ethiopia south to NE Tanzania.

Habitat:

Found between 800-2000m (2624-6560 ft) in semi-arid vegetation including dry bush areas and Acacia-Commiphora steppe woodlands. Avoids dense foliage.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on Ficus figs, seeds, fruits and maize.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in pairs or family groups of 3-4 birds. Drinks frequently and often found near water sources. Nesting sometimes loosely in colonies, with pairs 100-200m (328-656 ft) apart.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 rounded eggs, 27.0 x 23.0mm (1 x 0.9 in).

Breeding Season:

March-October, Tanzania; start in May, Ethiopia.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
 

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Red-bellied Parrot foraging
© Mikel Hendriks | flickr.com

Did You Know?

The male of this species has a bright orange/red belly, whereas the female's abdomen is the same brown/grey colouration as the head. This is the reverse of the Ruppell's parrot, another African species, where the female is the more brightly coloured.

Academic Research

Related publications: Poicephalus rufiventris

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