Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus flavifrons)


French: Perroquet à face jaune German: Schoapapagei Spanish: Lorito carigualdo
Other common names: Yellow-faced Parrot

Pionus flavifrons


, 1842,

Shoa, Ethiopia


Birds of SW Ethiopia formerly awarded race aurantiiceps, but racial segregation nowadays generally considered invalid. Monotypic.


Highlands of Ethiopia.

Descriptive notes

28 cm; 140–205 g. Green, with forehead, crown and upper cheeks yellow, often washed orange; flight-feathers and tail dusky brown. Some yellow sometimes on wing edge and... read more


Calls rather high-pitched, including a short upslurred “pEEh!” and a sharply overslurred “kwEE-eeh... read more


Ficus-Acacia riverine forest from 300m, lowland subtropical humid forest, olive-... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly recorded, but presumably like other Poicephalus parrots. Observed feeding on ripe fruits of Dovyalis abyssinica,... read more




Sedentary, with occasional displacements, e.g. into Addis Ababa.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Frequent to common, and considered commonest in the northerly, higher parts of its range. Present in Abijata-Shala Lakes and Bale Mountains... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Yellow-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus flavifrons). 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 22 March 2018).