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Photo by scottishdude
The Gambia, March 2010
Poicephalus senegalus


23 cm (9 in)

  • Charcoal grey head
  • Green upperparts, breast and wings
  • Yellow belly, becoming orange in the centre
  • Greenish-brown tail
  • Yellow underwing-coverts
  • Yellow iris

Juveniles have a dark grey, almost black, iris


Western Africa: found in Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. s. senegalus:
  • P. s. versteri:


Open woodland and lowland savanna.



They nest in holes in trees, often oil palms. The clutch consists of 2-3 white eggs which are incubated by the female for about 28 days, starting after the second egg has been laid. They fledge after 9 weeks and are independent at 12 weeks.


Their diet consists of fruit, seeds and blossoms. They also eat maize and millet and are considered a pest.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Nov 2017)
  4. Wikipedia

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