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Parrot, Brown-headed
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Poicephalus cryptoxanthus
Africa, East Africa, Global, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal Province, Limpopo Province, Malawi, Mozambique, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, South Central Africa, Southern Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe Read more
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The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be locally common (del Hoyo et al. 1997). ...
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Three subspecies have been recognised in the past, based on colouration and size (Forshaw 1989). The nominate race P. cryptoxanthus cryptoxanthus ranges from Northern KwaZulu-Natal northwards to southern Mozambique and southeastern Zimbabwe. P. cryptoxanthus tanganyikae is distinguished in having a much paler and more greenish plumage with less brown on the head, throat, neck and rump. The underparts appear to be brighter and more yellowish. It occurs north of the Save River in Mozambique, southern Malawi, eastern Tanzania and coastal Kenya. The existence of a third subspecies P. cryptoxanthus zanzibaricus, confined to the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, is now doubted. Clancey (1977)[ 7] found no difference in size between the modern birds of Zanzibar and those from the mainland. He concluded that if the subspecies existed then it is now extinct, either because of the direct intervention of man trapping the birds or by interbreeding with immigrant P. c. tanganyikae from the mainland. Similarly, whilst Forshaw (1989) reports morphological measurements for P.c. zanzibaricus, he also concludes that the existence of the subspecies is highly dubious. ...
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