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African Parrots

Find out all the parrots that are native to Africa.

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African parrots
Many popular parrots are native to Africa and its surrounding islands, including the lovebirds, the Poicephalus parrots, the African greys, a few Psittacula parrots and the unique, rare vasa parrots. There are several  extinct parrots from Africa as well.

Grey-headed Lovebird (Agapornis canus)
Fischer's Lovebird (Agapornis fischeri)
Lilian's Lovebird (Agapornis lilianae)
Black-cheeked Lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis)
Masked Lovebird (Agapornis personatus)
Red-headed Lovebird (Agapornis pullarius)
Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis)
Black-collared Lovebird (Agapornis swindernianus)
Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta)

Poicephalus Parrots
Niam-niam Parrot (Poicephalus crassus)
Brown-headed Parrot (Poicephalus cryptoxanthus)
Yellow-fronted Parrot (Poicephalus flavifrons)
Jardine's Parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi)
Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri)
Brown-necked Parrot (Poicephalus robustus)
Ruppell's Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii)
Red-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris)
Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus)

While only partially recognized by the various birds/parrot groups, biologists in the field list the brown-necked parrot (Poicephalus robustus) and its subspecies Poicephalus r. fuscicollis as actually two species: the Cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus) and the brown-necked parrot (Poicephalus fuscicollis).

African Grey Parrots
Congo Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)
Timneh Grey Parrot (Psittacus timneh)

Psittacula Parrots
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) See the African ring-necked parakeet here.
Echo Parakeet (Psittacula echo)

Vasa Parrots
Greater Vasa Parrot (Coracopsis vasa)
Lesser Vasa Parrot or Black Parrot
(Coracopsis nigra)

Extinct Parrots
Mascarene Parrot (Mascarinus mascarinus)
Mauritius Grey Parrot (Lophopsittacus bensoni)
Seychelles Parakeet (Psittacula wardi)
Newton's Parakeet (Psittacula exsul)
Rodrigues Parrot (Necropsittacus rodericanus)

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Posted: October 16, 2013, 2:15 p.m. PDT

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