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Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby Koen » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:37 am

Hi I would love to watch grey necked parrots in the Kruger. I've never seen them wild where are the best places to try and spot them? Is it very difficult there, I know they fly in a dead straight line then vanish in the trees, is there anywhere they like to hang out?

Im not sure of the species in the Kruger is it the Cape parrot or the Grey necked parrot? Either Poicephalus species would be fantastic to see, I've never actually seen a Cape parrot so that would be a big bonus as it's my favorite.

Any info and pictures would be nice.

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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:44 am

Koen,

I'm no bird expert and I'm pretty sure one of them will be here soon to help you out.

The only parrots we've seen over the years are the Brown Headed Parrots. Will put up a photo now now. Saw lots of them December on the road between Croc Bridge and Lower Sabie.
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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby Imax » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:48 am

Most of my sightings of Grey Headed Parrot has been very early morings around the Punda waterhole, and late afternoons the first kilometer of the tar road out of Punda and the south western corner of mahoni loop.

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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:50 am

Hi Koen,

There are only 2 Parrots that one sees in Kruger, Grey-headed which is mainly found in the far north of the park and the more common Brown-headed Parrot which is found all over.
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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby NetEk » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:55 am

Sorry question here. I get mixed up between new and old names..... which one is the Meyer's or is that a different one?
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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:23 am

Meyer's is a different Parrot all together and mainly found in the North-West of the country. Also Botswana, Zim and Namibia.

Imax has the best advice for Grey Headed Parrots. Punda is the place to find them.

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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby Koen » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:33 am

Thanks for the replies, so Punda it is. I will definately be heading there just to look, not sure but thinks its doable from Bateleur. Though early mornings late evenings not, Hmmm. This is Poecephalus fuscicollis right? Nice bird. I know exactly where there is a boabab tree up on some rocky ground will stake it out for nesting birds.

Elsa what is the brown necked parrot? Are these "brown necked" parrots Poicephalus cryptoxanthus? Got me very excited there.

Are there any Cape parrots or Poecephalus robustus robustus actualy in the Kruger? I've never seen yellow wood stands there for example?

Maybe I will keep to the latin otherwise it gets a bit confusing?

I've never seen any parrots in the Kruger so this is my mission this year and a few other birds. But I hope to see P. cryptoxanthus at least :lol: Do they have any particular habits?

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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby NetEk » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:45 am

DotDan wrote:Meyer's is a different Parrot all together and mainly found in the North-West of the country. Also Botswana, Zim and Namibia.

Imax has the best advice for Grey Headed Parrots. Punda is the place to find them.



Thanks So I'm not as confused as I thought (that's good to know)

I know we saw them at Mapungubwe.
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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby Koen » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:59 am

NetEk wrote:
DotDan wrote:Meyer's is a different Parrot all together and mainly found in the North-West of the country. Also Botswana, Zim and Namibia.

Imax has the best advice for Grey Headed Parrots. Punda is the place to find them.



Thanks So I'm not as confused as I thought (that's good to know)

I know we saw them at Mapungubwe.


Meyers parrot I dont thing Im going to find in the kruger? Though P. cryptoxanthus comes close to a sub species.

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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:29 pm

Grey-headed Parrot is a dead sitter on the Punda access road from the Punda gate. If you don't find them here then try the Levubu town, around the post office building.

Cape Parrots can be seen in nearby Magoebaskloof, early morning and I suggest you hire guide David Letsoalo who will get you these birds quite easily.

Alternatively the KZN Midlands - Marutswa Forest and places like Benvie farm are also reliable first thing in the morning.
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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby NetEk » Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:30 pm

Twitch twitch I see a road trip it somebodies future.......... :tongue:
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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby Koen » Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:58 am

Netek Im only a partially dedicated twitcher when Im in the national parks and on my farm, other times Im a very casual observer. I dont even own a camera just a book or two and some good binocs. For me it's seeing and loving it. Im hoping for ground hornbills around Bateleur, there was a nesting pair close by last time, magic.

The conservation of the P. robustus robustus though is close to my heart. I planted many yellow wood trees on my small farm in the hope that one day it will be suitable habitat. So far I haven't actually seen the bird but would obviously love that.

It's remarkable how if you don't concentrate on the big five and quietly look for birds with binocs for example how many of the big five you actually end up coming across, especialy leopards :lol:

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Re: Where to find those elusive parrots

Unread postby Koen » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:02 am

wildtuinman wrote:Grey-headed Parrot is a dead sitter ......in the morning.


Thanks tuinman! Breakfast at Punda it is. If it hasn't turned into a Kentucky already :|


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