Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Rüppell's Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii)


French: Perroquet de Rüppell German: Rüppellpapagei Spanish: Lorito de Rüppell

Psittacus Rüppellii

G. R. Gray

, 1849,

Nunez River, French Guinea; error = Damaraland


Thought to form a species-group with P. meyeri, P. cryptoxanthus and P. crassus, and possibly others. Monotypic.


SW Angola (coastal plain N to Luanda) and N & C Namibia.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Rüppell's Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii). 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 on 24 March 2018).