French: Perroquet youyou German: Mohrenkopf Spanish: Lorito senegalés
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. senegalus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S Mauritania, Senegambia and Guinea-Bissau E to S Niger, N Cameroon, SW Chad and N Central African Republic.
P. s. versteri
Finsch, 1863 – NW Ivory Coast E to SW Nigeria (S of nominate race but N of rainforest belt).
23 cm; 120–161 g. Head grey; upperparts, breast and thighs green; belly yellow, shading to orange in centre; tail greenish brown; underwing-coverts yellow. Immature... read more
Calls include a variety of piercing or grating screeches, typically rather drawn-out and thus much... read more
Any type of lowland savanna, but apparently favouring relatively open country with Adansonia... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits of Ficus, Adansonia, Ximenia americana and Pterocarpus erinaceus, seeds of Parkia, ... read more
Jan–Oct in Gambia; Jun in Ghana; Aug in Niger; bird noted entering tree-hole in Nov, Burkina Faso; eggs and young fledging in Oct,... read more
Sedentary in places, e.g. Burkina Faso, but noted more numerous in rainy season, SW Niger, and a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Often abundant. Common, Boucle du Baoulé Biosphere Reserve, Mali. Breeds in W National Park, Niger. Common resident, Ghana and... read more
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