21 cm. and a weight of 100-130 g..
The Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) has the forecrown, lores, cheeks, ear-coverts and ash Brown nape; crown bright yellow. The mantle feathers ash brown edges blue or cyan dye in some birds; scapulars brown ash, some individuals show Tips blue or greenish blue; rump bright turquoise or teal; uppertail-coverts green. Outermost children and wing-coverts above bright yellow, other variables showing green tints, especially towards Tips. The primaries and high schools ash Brown with paler narrow margins to vane outer.
Feathers of the wings, undertail, bright yellow in some birds, but grayish-brown in larger in other. The chin, the throat and top of the chest brown ash; remaining chest and belly turquoise or teal; the thighs yellow; undertail- coverts turquoise blue or greenish blue. Tail brown ash.
Bill dark gray or black; cere black; irises orange-red; periophthalmic skin desnuda negruzca; legs blackish.
Both sexes similar.
Youth more generally greenish brown. No yellow in the crown or the the thighs and the yellow area in the wings, at the top, It is lower. Wing coverts, undertail, green and brown with little or no yellow. The underparts más greenish. Iris dark brown.
- Sound of the Meyer's Parrot.
The Meyer's Parrot It is in a range of habitats from dry savannah forests to gallery forests and riparian forests of secondary growth around crops. Observed in forests dominated by Terminalia laxiflora and Doka Isoberlinia, thickets Combretum acacia grasslands; also Brachystegia and riparian forests Syzygium-Adina.
Avoid lowland rainforests in the basin Congo rainforests and other areas including the eastern highlands district Zimbabwe and Cork in Malawi.
Show a preference for the tallest trees in the drier savannah habitats – in particular specimens Adansonia. They may be restricted to gallery forests in the drier parts of its range and are usually found near the water.
Where it is sympatric with the Red-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris), the Meyer's Parrot It is limited to riparian forests.
In Kenya, which it is largely in areas with higher annual rainfall 500 mm.
Sometimes observed in suburban areas.
In general, in the lowlands at altitudes of 1,250m in Ethiopia, 2.200m in east Africa and 1.500 meters in the highlands of eastern Zimbabwe.
They are distributed in pairs or small groups 3-5 birds (possibly couples); until 50 birds can congregate in areas where food sources in breeding season. Roosts in tree cavities. Generally shy and cautious.
Solitary nesters in tree cavities at a height between 3 and 10 meters above the ground, during the season, dry (for example Mar-June Zimbabwe, from May to September Zambia and Malawi, July Angola and in December or January Sudan).
The implementation is of 2 to 4 eggs.
The diet of the Meyer's Parrot fruit is, nuts and seeds, including Ficus, Sound abyssinica, Uapaca nitidula, Monotes glaber, Combretum, Grewia, Sclerocarya, Pseudolachnostylis, fruit of the great growth and riparian trees afzelia quanzensis and Melia volkensii, grown oranges and flowers Schotia brachypetala.
They also consume grain and is considered as crop pests in some areas.
Eat some insects, including caterpillars.
You can vary widely from areas in search of food during droughts.
Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 5.840.000 km2
The Meyer's Parrot They are distributed throughout the central and eastern Africa. From the North-East of Cameroon and South of Chad through the North of the Central African Republic, center Sudan and South and West Ethiopia, to the south through Uganda, Kenya Western, East of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania, coming to Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Northeast of Botswana, Zimbabwe, western end of Mozambique, Namibia and northeast of South Africa.
A wild population, possibly, is distributed in the eastern province of Cape Town, South Africa, even if they are probably extinct.
Nomad in some areas during periods of drought, when they distributed outside the normal range; normally resident with local movements.
• Current red list of UICN: Least concern
• Population trend: Stable
The Meyer's Parrot It, in general, Common to very common and is the most abundant parrot in parts of its range (for example, Zimbabue and Angola), although few in other areas and absent from some apparently suitable habitats.
Its population has declined in some parts (for example Transvaal) where is thought to be a result of habitat destruction. I also persecuted in some locations due to crop damage (for example, in the center of Zambezi because of the damage inflicted to the maturation of the berries Boolean).
Lorito Meyer in captivity:
The Meyer's Parrot, is a bird common in captivity, quiet, tender, easy to carry and with a stable temperament.
They are birds social and they tend to bond with everyone in the family, unlike other species that may prefer one person to another. In general, No es voluble – once you liked someone, the person is a friend for life.
They are not as dependent on humans for entertainment like most parrots and therefore no son tan demanding.
They like being handled and petted on the head and neck. A baby fed by hand into an adult soft if treated properly, and it is not prone to bite, although it may provide a powerful bite if provoked.
You can learn a few words, although They are not known for their ability to speak. They can learn to whistle, making noises, and occasionally they will offer strong squeals. Fortunately, They are not likely to scream or make loud squawks, making good birds for apartment life. Some individuals learn household noises, as the beep of the microwave.
The Meyer's Parrot they are ready to breed at the age of 3 to 4 years and reproduce easily in captivity.
With regard to its longevity, According to sources, Meyer lived a parrot 34,2 years in captivity.
– Meyer’s Parrot, Brown Parrot (English).
– Perroquet de Meyer, Perroquet brun, Youyou de Meyer (French).
– Goldbugpapagei, Goldbug-Papagei (German).
– Papagaio de Meyer, Papagaio-de-meyer (Portuguese).
– Lorito de Meyer (Spanish).
– Order: Psittaciformes
– Family: Psittacidae
– Genus: Poicephalus
– Scientific name: Poicephalus meyeri
– Citation: (Cretzschmar, 1827)
– Protonimo: Psittacus Meyeri
Meyer's Parrot images :
Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri)
(1) – A Meyer’s Parrot at Birds of Eden, Western Cape, South Africa. It is eating what looks like a piece of bread By SandyCole (mailto:[email protected]) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Two Meyer’s Parrots in Zimbabwe By Oce Eeco (DSC_0108Uploaded by snowmanradio) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Brown parrot also known as Meyer’s Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) by Papooga – Flickr
(4) – A Meyer’s Parrot near Kwara Camp, North-West District, Botswana By Benjamin Hollis from Seattle, WA, USA (Meyer’s parrotUploaded by snowmanradio) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) – A Meyer’s Parrot in Akagera National Park, Rwanda By Lip Kee Yap [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons