, Poicephalus fuscicollis
, have a wide range from northern South Africa through central to west Africa covering dry woodland habitats.Large view
The parrots breed in autumn and in the spring. The birds make use of cavities in trees or used nests made by other birds like rollers, preferring not to excavate nests themselves. The height of the nests recorded above ground level varied from 6-12 meters. Parrots in the Pafuri area breed in baobab trees that stand on little hills. This is probably because it is difficult for elephants to get there and cause damage to the nesting trees.
Clutch size vary from two to four eggs laid over a period of time (a clutch of three was laid over a period of ten days). The incubation period is between 24 and 28 days.
The baby birds lie on their backs when fed by the adults.Large view
Juvenile birds have orange foreheads, which is retained on adult female parrots and is lost from the male parrots on maturity. This sexual dimorphism enables adult birds to be sexed.
These parrots are extremely intelligent, at least as smart as African Greys. Expected life span is about 40 years.
The parrots’ role in “planting” baobabs is said to be underestimated… The testa or seed covering of the baobab seed is thick and tough but the parrot can damage it during feeding. That is said to help to absorb moisture and stimulate germination.