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Cape Parrot


The Cape parrot is one of the common names for the grey-headed parrot (Poicephalus fuscicollis suahelicus). This parrot is often confused with the Cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus), a species that is critically endangered in the wild. The grey-headed parrots’ intelligence and vocal ability has been compared to that of the African grey parrots. The grey-headed parrot has a light silvery colored head and its bib is less pronounced than the brown-necked parrot. Grey-headed parrots are extremely intelligent birds that can learn to speak very well. Although their large, powerful beaks are capable of cracking any nut, those who own grey-headed parrots as a pet note that they very rarely bite and are great companion pet birds.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Grey-headed parrots are quite large, and needed large living spaces and plenty of opportunity for exercise. Grey-headed parrots need plenty of bird-safe toys and materials to keep them entertained.

Expert Advice

“[Grey-headed parrots] are an almost unknown species of parrot, often called ‘Gentle Giants’ — smart as an African grey and cuddly as a cockatoo.”

Craig Harris (

Breed Details

Native Region:
Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern Botswana and northern Namibia to Angola, southern Zaire and central Tanzania
13.5 inches
Life Expectancy:
40 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: