Brown-necked Cape Parrot


The is a female Brown-necked Cape Parrot P.f.f. The Brown-necked Cape and the Grey-headed Cape are often difficult to tell apart. While the Brown-necked Cape is availible in U.S. aviculture it is much less common than the Grey-headed Cape.

Note the darker brown color of the head, this is the most noticable feature of the Brown-necked Cape. There is also a prominant bib. I am told that the Brown-necked has a turquoise-green color to the body feathers but it does not show in the pictures. In general the Brown-necked is smaller than the Grey-headed but this is a poor indicator as there is a wide variation in weights between individuals. This is especially true with captive birds which tend to be overweight.

Length: 33 cm (13 inches)
Distribution: northern Ghana and Togo to Gambia and southern Senegal, West Africa.

P.r. = Poicephalus robustus (formerly P.r.r. - Poicephalus robustus robustus)
P.f.s. = Poicephalus fuscicollis suahelicus (formerly P.r.s. - Poicephalus robustus suahelicus)
P.f.f. = Poicephalus fuscicollis fuscicollis (formerly P.r.f. - Poicephalus robustus fuscicollis)

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