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Yellow-fronted Parrot
Poicephalus flavifrons

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Lorito Carigualdo



28 cm.. length and a weight between 140 and 205 g..

The Yellow-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus flavifrons) has the forecrown, crown, lores, the cheeks and ear-coverts bright yellow, often with an orange colour wash; small area with yellow feathers around the cheek, often with a tinge of Brown-grey color.

The feathers of the nape, the mantle and scapulars dark green with paler areas and most brilliant green margins; rump and uppertail-coverts clearer and more brilliant green as the rest of upper parts.

Upper, the coverts dark green green with light green margins, sometimes with yellow at the edge of the wing and at the base of the primary coverts most important.

The primaries and secondaries brown in color with narrow paler margins on the vane outer. Chin and the thighs sometimes sprinkled with yellow; lower parts of bright green uniform.

Tail blackish brown.

upper jaw blackish gray, lower whitish; irises orange-red; legs brownish-grey.

The mask of the females they lack the Orange wash.

Immature as adults, but the mask is olive green, not yellow.


The Yellow-fronted Parrot, generally, they live in the forests of Juniperus and Podocarpus, at altitudes between 1,800 and 2,900 m, mainly in trees of the genus Hagenia, that are above the 2.900 m. Also found in forest clearings, with Ficus trees intermingled in areas of cultivated plateau and in gallery forests of Acacia savanna. Also in riparian forests of acacias and Ficus, a partir de los 800 m.

Occasionally visit urban areas, for example, gardens and parks in Addis Ababa.
Usually seen in pairs, small groups of relatives or in flocks of up to 20 birds; often in mixed flocks with the Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta).

The Yellow-fronted Parrot, probably, they use the same products trees every night.


Breeding habits largely unknown, but it is suspected that nest usually in tree cavities.

The time of incubation is of 28 days. The birds fly from the nest after a few 80 days after the hatching. Even then, by generating it,l feed on the parents until its full independence.


Your diet, is created that it consists of grains, seeds and fruits. They have also been seen consuming ripe fruits of Dovyalis abyssinica.

Considered a crop pest in some areas, Although of little importance.


Size of its range (breeding/resident): 395.000 km2

Endemic to the Highlands of the West of Ethiopia, Although its exact range is unclear.

Common in wooded areas; more common in the upper parts, to the North of its distribution area.

Probably sedentary Although there have been some periodic movements in Addis Ababa.



• Current Red List of UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The size of the world's population has not been quantified, but the species is reported from frequent to common. It is considered more common in northern parts of its range. (pit et to the. 1997).

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats.

"Yellow-fronted Parrot" in captivity:

It is a kind rare in captivity outside Ethiopia. No hay datos de su reproducción.
Las hembras son prácticamente imposibles de conseguir.

Alternative names:

Yellow-faced Parrot, African Yellow-faced Parrot, Yellow fronted Parrot, Yellow-fronted Parrot (English).
Perroquet à face jaune (French).
Schoapapagei, Schoa Papagei (German).
Papagaio-de-cara-amarela (Portuguese).
Lorito Carigualdo, Lorito de Cara Amarilla (español).

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Poicephalus
Scientific name: Poicephalus flavifrons
Citation: (Rüppell, 1842)
Protonimo: Pionus flavifrons

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“Yellow-fronted Parrot” (Poicephalus flavifrons)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr
– Birdlife


(1) – An adult Yellow-headed Parrot near Bishangari Lodge, Ethiopia By Peter Wilton (Yellow-fronted Parrot) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – exploriada.com
(3) – Merenkurkun Lintutieteellinen Yhdistys r.y
(4) – Yellow-fronted Parrot. Photo by Hakan Pohlstrand – Birds of the Bale Mountains National Park

Sounds: Andrew Spencer (Xeno-canto)

1 thought on "Yellow-fronted Parrot”

  1. Hello , Please info if it is possible to buy this kind of parrot from you , I would be interested in the price and the possibility to assemble 1-2 pairs for breeding . Possibility of transport to Amsterdam Holland. Poicephalus flavifrons .

    Thanks Martin


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