French: Perroquet de Rüppell German: Rüppellpapagei Spanish: Lorito de Rüppell
G. R. Gray
Nunez River, French Guinea; error = Damaraland
SW Angola (coastal plain N to Luanda) and N & C Namibia.
22–25 cm; 98–140 g. Dusky brown with slight blue wash on rump and tail-coverts. Carpal joint, leading edge of wing and underwing-coverts yellow, thighs yellow.... read more
Commonest call is a short explosive “cheet!” (much lower-pitched than call of P. meyeri).... read more
Well developed dry Acacia woodland along watercourses, also dry Euphorbia forests... read more
Food and feeding
Pods, e.g. of Acacia and Faidherbia; flowers, e.g. Grewia; fruits of Ficus, fruit endocarp of ... read more
Feb in Namibia; around Mar–Apr in Angola, but also reported later in year, with young in nest in Aug. One nest was in the dead branch... read more
Resident, but partly nomadic.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common in suitable habitat, but only 9000 birds now estimated in Namibia, and its popularity among bird-fanciers coupled with its... read more
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