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Ruppell’s Parrot

 (Poicephalus rueppellii)

Also known as: Brown Parrot, Damara Parrot

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Female Ruppell's Parrot, Namibia
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Even though the Ruppell's numbers are at 10,000 to 30,000 it is not reported as at risk.

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Species Profile

Genus: Poicephalus | Species: rueppellii

Size:

22cm (8.6 in)

Weight:

105-132g (3.7-4.6 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male- in general slate/brown colour; silver/grey ear coverts; dull blue suffusion on brown rump and undertail coverts; yellow bend of wing, lesser wing coverts and underwing coverts; yellow thighs tinted with orange. Bill grey/black. Bare cere and eye ring grey/black. Eye orange/red. Female- deep blue on lower back to upper tail coverts; duller blue on lower abdomen to undertail coverts.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in female but duller plumage; rump and uppertail coverts paler; lower abdomen to undertail coverts brown washed with dull blue; brown thighs and lesser wing coverts. Bill horn coloured. Cere and eye ring paler grey. Eye brown.

Call:

Monotonous, quick and sharp notes.  Alarm calls shrieks increasing in pitch.  Quieter than other Poicephalus.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Upatsix.com

Content Sources:

Article "Poicephalus FAQ," by Ken Hulme
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 61136, Ruppell's Parrot Poicephalus ruppellii, Macaulay, Linda, Namibia, Mar. 12 1993, 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 in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Female Ruppell's Parrot, Namibia
© Ron Knight via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Even though the Ruppell's numbers are at 10,000 to 30,000 it is not reported as at risk.

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WPT has helped to save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Poicephalus rueppellii

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Walk-in aviary, minimum length 2.1m (7 ft), or indoor cage minimum length 1.8m (6 ft).

Diet:

Cooked beans and pulses, boiled corn; sunflower, dry, soaked or sprouted; walnuts greatly favoured; fruit such as: apple, orange, banana, rearing food (hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency); fresh vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Provide shallow water bowls for bathing; foot toys, destructible (non-toxic) toys, non-destructible (non-toxic plastic) toys, food-finder toys, preening toys, different texture and size hanging perch toys, fir, pine, willow or elder branches, push-and-pull toys (sliding up and down), vegetable tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

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

Clutch Size:

3 to 5

Incubation Time:

About 27 days.

Fledging Age:

About 9 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

African Parrot Society

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Female Ruppell's Parrot, Namibia
© Ron Knight via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Even though the Ruppell's numbers are at 10,000 to 30,000 it is not reported as at risk.

Programs & Projects

WPT has helped to save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Poicephalus rueppellii

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Less than 30,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Heavy trapping in wild bird trade, restricted range.

Range:

Found in SW Africa - Angola and SW Namibia.

Habitat:

Found in woodlands along dried riverbeds, dry woodlands, dry steppe and thornveld, areas with tall trees. Up to 1250m (4100 ft).

Wild Diet:

Eats various parts of plants - buds, shoots, nectar, flowers, seeds, pods, fruit; melon, insect larvae.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Generally stays near water, in small flocks up to 20 birds; in greater numbers where food plentiful. Breeding may be more linked to rainfall than season.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 to 5 rounded eggs, 27.0 x 24.0mm (1 x 0.9 in).

Breeding Season:

February-May although juvenile birds reported seen in September.

Related Links:

Wikipedia

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Female Ruppell's Parrot, Namibia
© Ron Knight via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Even though the Ruppell's numbers are at 10,000 to 30,000 it is not reported as at risk.

Programs & Projects

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Related publications: Poicephalus rueppellii

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