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Unread post by ndietrich » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:43 pm

hello Tiki
im not sure whether you can find them that far up? Im sure been Australian you get to see loads of parrots.
Tamboti here i come; from the 13th to the 16th november 2010.

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Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:56 pm

Another bird that was attracted by the aloes in Lower-Sabie the end of July.

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Unread post by Scottm » Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:14 pm

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Satara, right outside reception.... 08/2011
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Unread post by Elsa » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:45 am

In May and June this year they were being seen frequently just above Lower Sabie.

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Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:45 pm

Taken near Skukuza

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Unread post by okie » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:13 pm

At Tshange in April 2012 :

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Unread post by Trentonskeeper » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:48 am

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Saw them at Berg en Dal pool daily oven Xmas and new year and also at Pretoriouskop pool.

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Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:14 pm

We saw the Brown-headed Parrots many times but never had a great photo opportunity to photograph them in the open while feeding on the Salati road near Lower Sabie...

One of my best sightings of them ever :dance: :dance:

Will upload a few images of our wonderful sighting....

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Unread post by Ladybirder » Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:47 pm

Great pictures,Jan. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread post by Shane Gover » Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:43 pm

:thumbs_up: awesome pics :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:48 am

Brown-headed Parrots are shy and wary. Their cryptic plumage makes them difficult to locate even when they are around at a rich food source in numbers. The trick is to know their call. Once you have located them by sound, it is just a matter of time before you’ll locate them visually as well. Then, if you are patient and quietly wait around the area, they will afford you some opportunity for a photograph.

In July this year I found a small flock of seven birds in the trees around the restaurant in Olifants Rest Camp. After a lengthy vigil I noticed that some of the birds had come down to feed on aloes, nibbling on the leafs. I slowly sneaked up to the area using any kind of available cover (parked vehicles, rubbish bins, trees and scrubs) and got very close!

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I noticed all the birds had golden brown eyes – hinting that they were adult birds. Brown-headed Parrots reach sexual maturity at the age of two but usually do not breed for the first time until the age of three or four. Winter breeding is the most common, but some birds will breed year round, producing two to three clutches each year. Nest sites are tree cavities, often old woodpecker holes that face north to north-east (I guess they like the sunny side of life). Females lay between two and four eggs and are the sole incubators while the males fetch food for their mates. Incubation lasts roughly 20 to 30 days, and chicks fledge at around 50 days.

The young parrots remain with their parents for an additional four weeks after fledging. During their time in the nest, the chicks are always attended by their mother while their father continues hunting to provide for both his mates and all of the chicks. Life expectancy for Brown-headed Parrots is around 20 years.

Unfortunately they have become popular as pets and outside of protected areas they are targetted for capture for the pet trade.
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Unread post by Ladybirder » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:43 pm

Thanks Johan for sharing the picture and info, very interesting :gflower: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Parrots: Brown Headed

Unread post by hilda » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:55 am

Stunning picture of the Brown-headed Parrot Johan! :clap: :clap:

I will never understand how anyone can keep a bird in a cage! That is so cruel! :(
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