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Includes Cape Parrot, Grey-headed Parrot
Length 30-36 cm; mass 260-350 g. A large parrot with a massive, pale bill.
P. r. robustus: Greenish-brown head (female has reddish-orange band on forehead). Mantle and upper wing coverts dark greenish brown with paler green edges. Orange-red wrists and leggings. Back, rump, upper tail coverts, and underparts blue-green.
Poicephalus robustus (sensu lato) has three subspecies:
Forest, woodland and savanna.
P. r. robustus: Usually in pairs or small groups; groups of up to 30 have been seen at rich food sources. Nomadic; may fly long distances (possibly more than 100 km) between forest patches depending on food availability. Feeds mainly on Yellowood (Podocarpus) endocarps; also nuts, seeds and fruit.
P. r. robustus: Monogamous. Nests in a cavity in the trunk or branch of a tree (usually Yellowwood). Two to five eggs are laid (usually August to February) and incubated for 28-30 days by the female. The nestling period is 55-79 days, and young birds are probably dependant on the adults for more than a year.
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