Red-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris)

The red-bellied parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris) is a small African parrot about 23 cm (9 in) long of the Poicephalus genus.  Some guidebooks call this the “African Orange-bellied Parrot” so be sure you check the scientific name.  It is a mostly greenish and grey parrot. Males have a bright orange belly and females have a greenish belly.

I saw them in two different locations at Tarangire, one in the small Serengeti plain and one near the campground.  Here’s a close-up of the male & female respectively, then some photos showing their environment.

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IMG_6472 IMG_6475 IMG_6470 IMG_6478 IMG_6476 IMG_6479 IMG_6482 IMG_6505 IMG_6508They have a decent sized range in East Africa but the easiest places to find them would be Tarangire NP, Arusha NP and possibly Amboseli in Kenya.  The red dot is Tarangire NP location.



World Parrot Trust





It was a challenge to find a video of these birds in the wild but here’s one.


My Top Thirty Bird Sightings Of 2014

Most other years this would be a top ten, but with 3 major birding trips this year I am struggling to make it a top thirty!  If you want to see last year’s birds click here.   There is no way I could single out one top bird with so many to choose from so they are being presented in chronological order.  I haven’t finished blogging the Queensland road trip or the African Adventure so I have to cheat a bit with the photos.  They are my photos but just pasted in.

1.  Carnaby’s Cockatoo – seen at several places in Western Australia, Feb 2014.


2.  Western Rosella – seen at Dryandra and Stirling Range in Western Australia, Feb 2014


3.  Purple-crowned Lorikeet – seen near Fitzgerald National Park, Western Australia, Feb 2014


4.  Western Bowerbird – seen at Nallan Station, Western Australia, Feb 2014