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Meyer's Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Amesta
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, June, 2016
Poicephalus meyeri

Alternative name: Brown Parrot


21–25 cm (8¼-9¾ in)

  • Brown Head, back, wings and tail
  • Green (sometimes turquoise) belly and rump
  • Yellow wash over underparts
  • Yellow thighs


Photo © by volker sthamer
Ruaha NP, Tanzania, September 2018

Central and eastern sub-Saharan Africa:
Western Africa: found in Mali, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa



There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • P. m. meyeri:
  • P. m. saturatus:
  • P. m. matschiei:
  • South East Democratic Republic of the Congo to Tanzania, eastern Angola, northern Zambia and northern Malawi
  • P. m. reichenowi:
West Angola
  • P. m. damarensis:
  • P. m. transvaalensis:


A wide variety of woodland habitats, including riparian. Always near water.



Their varied diet consists of fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, and cultivated crops.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)
  3. The Beauty of Birds

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