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Red-bellied Parrot  

Also Known As: Orange-bellied Parrot, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Red-breasted Parrot, Abyssinian Parrot

Pair of Red-bellied Parrots

Credit: © Bonnie Jay |

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.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
22cm (8.6 in) 113-142g (4-5 oz)

Races including nominate:

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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Content Sources:

Central Pets

PetCo Care Sheet


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 138962, Red-bellied Parrot , Macaulay, Linda, Tanzania, Oct. 14 2002, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

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Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.