Rüppell's Parrot

Scientific Name:
Poicephalus rueppellii
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Rüppell's Parrot

Rüppell's Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii), also known as Rueppell's Parrot or Rüppell's Parrot, is a species of parrot native to southwestern Africa.


Rüppell's Parrots inhabit semi-arid regions, including savannas, woodlands, and scrublands, with a preference for areas with sparse vegetation and scattered trees. They are commonly found in habitats with baobab trees and other large trees, which they use for roosting and nesting. These parrots are also seen in agricultural areas and urban parks with suitable habitat.


Rüppell's Parrots are medium-sized parrots, measuring approximately 20 to 25 centimeters (8 to 10 inches) in length, with a wingspan of about 30 to 35 centimeters (12 to 14 inches). They have a stocky body, short tail, and relatively large head. Their plumage is predominantly green, with darker green feathers on the back and wings, and lighter green feathers on the underparts. They have a red patch on the shoulders and thighs, as well as yellow markings on the head and neck. Best Viewing The best places to view Rüppell's Parrots are in their native habitat of southwestern Africa, including regions of Namibia and Angola. Look for them in savannas, woodlands, and scrublands with baobab trees and other large trees. These parrots are often seen flying in small flocks or perched in trees, where they feed on seeds, fruits, and other plant materials.