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Niam-niam Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Poicephalus crassus


25 cm.

  • Dusky brown head and neck
  • Brownish green back and wings
  • Yellowish green rump
  • Greenish brown tail
  • Green underparts
  • Green underwing-coverts
  • Yellow eye (not red as commonly stated)

Sexes similar. Immatures duller and more yellowish but very difficult to distinguis from immatures of Meyer's Parrot and Senegal Parrot.

Similar species

Very similar to Brown-headed Parrot but brown of throat extends more onto upper breast and green instead of yellow underwing-coverts.


Southwestern Chad to Central African Republic, extreme northern DR Congo to adjacent southwestern South Sudan.
Not well known. Assumed to be common in its range but confirmation needed.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly treated as subspecies of Brown-headed Parrot and may form a superspecies with that species and Meyer's Parrot and Rüppell's Parrot.


Occurs in mixed lowland savanna, forest-savanna mosaic and riparian woodland. Often near water.
Found up to 1000m.



Feeds on seeds.


Start of breeding season probably in August in Central African Republic and DR Congo.


A sedentary species but probably with some nomadism.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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