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Brown-headed Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Poicephalus cryptoxanthus


22 cm

  • Green body
  • Brown head, nape and throat
  • Yellow underwing
  • Brownish-green tail
  • Black-tipped white bill
  • Grey-yellow iris
  • Dark grey legs


Eastern Africa: found in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland



Poicephalus cryptoxanthus has two 2 subspecies:

  • P. c. tanganyikae
  • P. c. cryptoxanthus


Savanna, open woodland and riverine forest.



The diet includes fruit, seeds, nuts, flowers, shoots, insect larvae and nectar.


They nest in a tree cavity. The 2-4 glossy white eggs are laid 3 days apart; incubation lasts 28 days.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  3. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  4. Brownheadparrot.tripod

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