Skip to Content

Parrot, Brown headed

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
User avatar
Posts: 45479
Joined: Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:54 pm
Location: The Beautiful Cape

Parrot, Brown headed

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:35 pm


The bird was eating the seeds from the pods in this picture, it is actually holding its claw to its beak with a seed in it. It tore the pods open length wise and then picked out the seeds. As you can see these parrots are very well camouflaged!
- Dalene

User avatar
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4994
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon May 30, 2005 6:59 am

Saw 2 just south of lower sabie last week.



Lovely little birds! :D
Latest Lifer(s): Burchell's Courser, Cory's Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, European Storm-Petrel, Great Winged Petrel, Grey Waxbill, Cape Rock-jumper

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

User avatar
Posts: 248
Joined: Sat Nov 04, 2006 7:34 pm
Location: Sunshine Coast

Unread post by Boulder » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:50 am

I took this one on Christmas day 06 next to hut 7 Shimuwini
Dawn greeting of the francolin

User avatar
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1269
Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:25 pm
Location: Back "home"?!...........

Unread post by katydownunder » Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:54 pm

They are such lovely birds. :D

We already saw huge flocks of them November 2005 on the Nyala Loop in the North.
But this time I was able to take a photo.
We saw this one down South on the way to Berg-en-Dal.

The Trip of a lifetime....
Our KTP Adventures November 2010

User avatar
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 955
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:59 pm
Location: South Africa, Johannesburg

Unread post by jonty1 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:31 pm

Wow. Arn't these parrots beautiful. We haven't often seen them, but its a treat when we do. This pair we saw just outside the Kruger Park at around August. Very entertaining to watch.
:D :D :D



User avatar
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 604
Joined: Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:33 am

Unread post by MarkWildDog » Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:46 am

Brownheaded Parrot
Poicephalus Cryptoxanthus

A mostly green parrot with a greyish brown head, bright yellow underwings and eyes. It has a blue grey upper mandible and a tan lower mandible. Also has a bare cere and eye ring is dark brown or grey. Cannot be confused with the other parrots (Cape & Meyer's Parrot) in it's range as it is the greenest of the parrots. Ranges from 24 to 25 cm in size and 120 to 150 g in weight.

Females & Juveniles
Males and females are generally alike. Juveniles differ by having a duller coloration, a brown eyes and less vivid yellow underwings.

It's range includes northern KZN, KNP, eastern Limpopo, eastern Mpumalanga, eastern Swaziland, central and southern Mozambique. Habitat preferences are broadleafed woodland and savanna. Where it also regularly flocks and congregates at nearby waterholes.

Calls include a typical parrot shriek, high pitched staccoto notes, soft chattering during feeding. Flight calls are loud notes in pitch with each following.

Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1333
Joined: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:29 am
Location: Worcester , Cape

Re: Parrot, Brown headed

Unread post by okie » Tue May 22, 2012 8:51 pm

We were so lucky to have this Brown headed parrot join us for brekkie at Tshange lookout :)



Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

Webcam Highlights

Submitted by Pikkewyn101 at 23:32:42
Submitted by EElse at 12:10:59
Submitted by SYLVIAC at 20:27:10
Submitted by Jennie at 21:41:29