Red-bellied and Ruppells -This group of Poicephalus parrots show significant colour variations or dimorphic between the cocks and hens when matured. These types are less often seen in parrot collections, but the Red Bellied is more often kept than the Ruppells
Red-bellied parrots (p.rufiventris)
These parrots not often seen in the wild prefer to remain in individual pairs rather than flocks. They inhabit the savannah, thornbush and acacia scrubland. The cocks have a bright red chest and abdomen and the hens have green chest and abdomen. They tend to have quite a good ability for mimicry in relation to their small size. There is a rather dubious sub-specie with paler colours to the head and chest recognised as r.pallidus.
Ruppells Parrots (p.rueppellii)
Again not often seen in the wild, tending to remain in pairs or small groups. Prefers to nest in very tall trees and lives near to water courses. The cocks have grey chest and abdomen, but the hens in the abdomen, rump and upper tail coverts are cobalt blue. They have yellow patches on the bends of the wings and on the lower leg just above the foot as a narrow band.
Photos above (left to right) : Brown-headed, Red-bellied and Ruppells parrots
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