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Jardine's Parrot  

Also Known As: Red-fronted Parrot, Red-headed Parrot, Red-crowned Parrot, Congo Red-crowned Parrot
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During mating the male Jardine's Parrot has been seen swaying, without wing flapping, while perched on the female's back.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
28cm (10.9 in) 200-227g (7-8 oz)

Races including nominate:
three: P.g. gulielmi, P.g. fantiensis, P.g. massaicus

Colourization Adult:
P.g. gulielmi: both adults orange/red forecrown, thighs, bend of wing and carpal edge; dark green head and back with scalloping; upper mandible horn in colour tipped with black, lower mandible dark grey. Cere bare. Eye ring bare and pink/white. Eye orange/red. P.g. fantiensis: both adults orange forecrown; paler orange/red thighs, bend of wing, and carpal edge, sometimes orange like forecrown. Smaller in size. P.g. massaicus: both adults as in gulielmi but forehead only orange/red.

Colourization Juvenile:
P.g. gulielmi: red on forecrown absent; black frontal band reaching to lores, forecheeks and under eye; pale grey/green bend of wing and carpal edge; green thighs; upper mandible pink/white tipped with grey. Eye brown.

Call: Calls high-pitched and harsh, made in flight or while perched. Are repeated in quick bursts. Also a longer, whistling note. While feeding quieter whistling sounds emitted. Flocks are loud and contantly babbling.

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Content Sources:

Parrot and Conure World

Lexicon of Parrots


BirdLife International

ML Media Collection Catalogue 8539, Jardine's Parrot Poicephalus gulielmi, McChesney, Marian, Rift Valley, Kenya, Feb. 23 1956, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.