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Ruppell's Parrot  

Also Known As: Brown Parrot, Damara Parrot

Ruppell’s Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii) perched on pine branch

Credit: © Jonker/Innemee Araproject |

Did You Know?
Even though the Ruppell's numbers are at only around 9000 it is not reported as at risk.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
22cm (8.6 in) 105-132g (3.7-4.6 oz)

Races including nominate:

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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Content Sources:

Article "Poicephalus FAQ," by Ken Hulme


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

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

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.