Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Niam-niam Parrot (Poicephalus crassus)


Taxonomy

French: Perroquet des Niam-niams German: Niamniampapagei Spanish: Lorito nianiam
Taxonomy:

Pionias crassus

Sharpe

, 1884,

Ndoruma, upper Uele River

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Thought to form a species-group with P. meyeri, P. rueppellii and P. cryptoxanthus, and possibly others. In past, treated as race of P. cryptoxanthus, to which morphologically it is extremely close. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Chad through Central African Republic to extreme SW South Sudan and extreme N DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

25 cm. Like P. cryp­toxanthus with brown of throat extending more onto upper breast, underwing-coverts green, eye yellow (not red, as often stated). Immature... read more

Voice

Very few recordings available. Commonest call is a piercing bisyllabic screech “kee-rh” or “kee-ah... read more

Habitat

Forest-savanna mosaic, mixed lowland savanna and Syzygium-Adina riparian woodland, often... read more

Food and feeding

Millet and pale yellow seeds in stomachs.

Breeding

Probably breeds from start of Aug in Zaire and Central African Republic.

Movements

Generally believed sedentary but with some nomadism and considerable daily displacements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. The least known African parrot, assumed to be frequent to common in its poorly explored range, but this needs confirmation. Present but... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Niam-niam Parrot (Poicephalus crassus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54609 on 19 June 2018).