There are 3 species of parrots in the Cape Parrot family. The family has recently been split into two seperate families, however I won't get into that here. The birds are very similar in appearance and proper identification can be difficult. On this page I have provided photos of the 3 types of Cape Parrots and I will attempt to provide you with identifying features for each bird.
Photo wanted! If you have a good quality side-by-side photo of a Grey-headed (P.f.suahelicus) and a Brown-necked (P.f.fuscicollis) I would love to include it here. E-mail me
South African Cape Parrots
Greenish brown to yellowish brown head. Shorter upper mandible.
Grey-headed Cape Parrot
Silver/light grey head.
Brown Necked Cape Parrot
Brownish head, prominant bib and generally smaller overall.
Three South African Cape Parrots with one Grey-headed Cape Parrot
This side-by-side photo clearly shows the different colouring of these birds.
I have noticed that you need a lot of light to see the colors well enough for proper identification. I have seen many photographs of Grey-headed Capes that made them look like Brown-necked Capes because they were taken with too little light.