French: Inséparable rosegorge German: Rosenköpfchen Spanish: Inseparable de Namibia
Other common names:
Goodhouse, Northern Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. r. catumbella
B. P. Hall, 1952 – SW Angola.
A. r. roseicollis
(Vieillot, 1818) – Namibia and adjacent Northern Cape province of South Africa; recorded in SW Botswana#R.
15–18 cm; 43–63 g. Pale grass green, somewhat darker above, with bright blue rump; peach pink face and upper chest, darker reddish crown. Bill yellowish; fleshy... read more
Commonest vocalization a chirruping disyllabic “chi-reep!”. When perched, utters a wide variety of... read more
Arid woodland, scrubby hillsides and tree-lined watercourses including river canyons, in rocky... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly seeds of Albizia (also flowers) and Acacia, and buds and foliage of various plants including Euphorbia.... read more
Feb–Apr, i.e. late summer, when main seed pods ripening; but Jul in N of range. Nests in rock crevices although also utilizing nests... read more
Resident, but wanders locally, e.g. when temporary waterholes dry up.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Flocks of hundreds at good food sources, but otherwise in small flocks. Frequently kept as a cage-bird, Angola, and the export of thousands... read more
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