African Orange-bellied Parrot (Poicephalus rufiventris)
aka Red-bellied Parrot

Appearance
The African Orange-bellied Parrot is a small bird, 10" (25cm), mostly grey-brown on top, with pale grey cheeks and throat. Its rump, tail-coverts, lower belly, crissum and leg feathers are green. Orangy-red eyes are circled by black orbital skin. The bill, legs and feet are black.
The male has a bright orange breast and under-wing linings, while the female has a green breast and brown under-wing linings.

Habits
The African Orange-bellied Parrot is normally seen in pairs, feeding or perched on exposed branches.

Diet
The African Orange-bellied Parrot eats fruit, with a penchant for wild fig.

Resident
The African Orange-bellied Parrot is commonly found in the south and east of Kenya, below 1,200m. It favours dry thorn-scrub, riverine bush and Baobab trees.

Extra Facts
The African Orange-bellied Parrot often nests in tree cavities, utilising Woodpeckers old nests.

Photographs
Photographed in Meru National Park.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:african orange-bellied parrot, bird, kenya, parrot, red-bellied parrot, wildlife

African Orange-bellied Parrot ~ Male Walking

A male African Orange-bellied Parrot, walking along the branch of a tree.

African Orange-bellied Parrot ~ Female Balancing

A female African Orange-bellied Parrot, balancing on the end of a branch, in Kenya's Meru National Park.

African Orange-bellied Parrot ~ Male In Crevice

A male African Orange-bellied Parrot, perched in the crevice of a tree, looking down for his mate.

African Orange-bellied Parrot ~ Male At Woodpecker Nest

African Orange-bellied Parrot ~ Male At Woodpecker Nest

African Orange-bellied Parrot ~ Female By Woodpecker Hole

A female African Orange-bellied Parrot (aka Red-bellied Parrot), beside a Woodpecker hole in a tree.

African Orange-bellied Parrots ~ Pair

A pair of African Orange-bellied Parrots, the male half inside a Woodpecker's nest they were making into their own nest.

African Orange-bellied Parrot ~ Female Perched

A female African Orange-bellied Parrot, perched hight up on the branch of a tree.

African Orange-bellied Parrot ~ Female Walking

A female African Orange-bellied Parrot, walking up the branch of a tree.