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Rüppell's Parrot

Rüppell's Parrot

Rüppell's Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii) or Rueppell's Parrot is a bird that is endemic in southwestern Africa from central Namibia to southwest Angola. It lives in savanna where there are trees or in dry woodland. It is more common near to streams or rivers. The name commemorates the German naturalist and explorer Eduard Rüppell.

Description

Rüppell's Parrot is 22–25 cm (9 in) long and weighs 121–156 g. It has an overall dark brown colour and its head is dark greyish. Both adult male and female birds have some yellow feathers on the leading edge of the wings, and yellow feathers covering their upper legs; in immatures, the yellow is dull or missing. They are sexually dimorphic; adult female birds have blue feathers on the lower back and the rump, whilst male birds loose this blue feather colouration as they become mature.

Breeding

The Rüppell's Parrot nests in tree cavities. The eggs are white and there are usually three or four in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days and the chicks leave the nest about 68 days after hatching.

Status

It is a protected species, listed on CITES appendix II, as are all parrots.

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