The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Brown-headed Parrot

Afrikaans name: Bruinkoppapegaai

Brown-headed Parrot taken at Berg-en-Dal in Kruger National Park

Brown-headed Parrot

Photo © Steven Herbert

Poicephalus cryptoxanthus

The Brown-headed Parrot is an attractive bird. They are not always easy to see as they like sitting in the tops of trees and their bright green plumage blends in with the leaves.

Although they may be difficult to see at times, their squeaky call often gives away their presence, even when flying past at speed.

The Brown-headed Parrot is normally seen in small flocks.

They feed on nuts, seeds, fruit and berries.

The Brown-headed Parrot is found in the north-eastern regions of South Africa and is particularly common in Kruger National Park.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 108

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 134

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Published: 1983 - Page: 176

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 312

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 220

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 230

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 112

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 163

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 228

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 235

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 317

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 149

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 106

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 106

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 176

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 202

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 202

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 410

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 156

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 104

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 38

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 119

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 98

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 137

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 81

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