Ruppels Parrot

Introduction: Rüppell's parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii) is named after Wilhelm Rüppell (1794-1884), the German naturalist, collector and explorer. They inhabit mature riparian woodland along ephemeral rivers and northern lala palms along the Kunene River, where they spend most of their time. Flocks of 20 are common and they roost in holes in tall trees.

Distribution: 80% of the wOrange Riverds range of Rüppell's parrot can be found in north-central Namibia from Grootfontein in the east, Waterberg Plateau and south to Rehoboth, penetrating the Namib Desert along the largest rivers such as the Hoarusib and Swakop.

Diet: Eats buds, shoots and seeds of Acacia, flowers and fruits of raisins, nectar of mistletoe. Rips off loose bark from trees to eat grubs underneath and occasionally eats spiders and insects at cowpats.

Description: Often confused with Meyer's parrot but has grey-brown breast and belly, grey head and neck.

Breeding: Lays between 3 and 5 eggs usually in a woodpecker hole. Incubation periods are around 25 days.

Size: 25cm.

Weight: 115g.

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