Red-Bellied Parrot


Those who favor the Red-bellied parrot believe it is more social and a better talker than other Poicephalus parrots. These birds have been described as being the life of the party. They are spunky and active birds that often dominate other birds around them. Red-bellied parrots are show off’s in front of company. Unlike some parrots that clam up, this bird will jabber on in front of strangers. Red-bellied parrots have the comical, playful and animated personality of larger parrots, but without the cost, mess or noise typically associated with bigger pet parrots.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Red-bellied parrots tend to be more shy and reguarly like to find places to hide in their cage. Like the Jardine’s, they are known as prolific talkers. Juvenile red bellies are brown and turn bright red-orange as they grow older. They become sexually dimorphic as they mature Adult red-bellied males have a deep orange breast, abodomen and wing coverts. Females have a wash of iridescent red highlights over green on the breast and abdomen. Poicephalus parrots thrive on a pellet-based diet along with fresh fruits, vegetables and greens.

Expert Advice

“Male red-bellies and Senegals are sometimes confused with each other, and both have very similar personalities. Red-bellies seem to be the mellower of the two, but both need to be taught rules and guidelines to curb any territorial aggression problems that these birds are prone to.”

Bonnie Kenk, Peace Parrot Education and Adoption Center founder and executive director

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
8 to 9 inches
Life Expectancy:
35 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Good, can learn sounds and instinctively makes sounds as well.