Poicephalus

There are nine species of Poicephalus parrots but only four species are commonly kept as pets: the Meyer’s Parrot, Senegal Parrot, Red-bellied Parrot and Brown-headed Parrot.

Physically, Poicephalus parrots are considered a medium sized parrot. They have stocky bodies, large heads and beaks and short tails.

Poicephalus parrots are often described as easy-going, affectionate, playful and curious. Although they do need daily interaction they also can be independent and entertain themselves if provided proper enrichment and lots of toys to chew.

These medium sized parrots are not as noisy as many other parrot species and they prefer a quiet home environment. Given proper socialization they can bond to the entire household and make excellent pets and loyal friends. Poicephalus parrots are also intelligent and can often learn to talk and perform tricks.