African Red-Bellied Parrot
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The Red-Bellied Parrot, also known as the Orange-bellied Parrot, is a very pretty and intelligent small parrot. A great companion bird, they provide much amusement with their playful nature and talking ability. They are quite similar to other popular Poicephalus parrots, like the Meyer's and the Senegal Parrot, but they are slightly larger. Their eyes have a red iris rather than yellow, Red-Bellied Parrots have a visible difference between the males and females. The females are gray with a deep forest green belly. The males are gray on the back with olive in their wings, a brilliant orangish red belly, neck, and forehead, and lime green stockings on their legs.
As with other Poicephalus parrots, the Red Bellied Parrots are very playful and natural comics. They are extremely enjoyable pet birds and fascinating to watch. They love to have interesting and interactive toys, anything that is a puzzle. They will hang upside down from anything they can dangle from. If you give them a hand held toy they will frequently lie upside down and play with their feet like the Caique. They are very amusing and they enjoy hearing you laugh at their antics.
These parrots do learn to say a few words and some can become very good talkers. They may be the best talkers of the Poicephalus genus. Many Red-Bellied Parrots try to imitate human voices before they're even weaned. They are capable of a few words or maybe a phrase by the time they're three months old. They love to imitate whistles and can learn to whistle a certain tune based on a verbal cue. They are very easy to train. With a little patience and tons of repetition they can learn to do many things on cue such as; whistle, talk, and even flap their wings. Yet, none of the Poicephalus parrots are loud birds, so they are well suited to an apartment or condominium.Red-Bellied Parrots enjoy human interaction and have a very friendly personality, making them endearing companions. They adapt well to routine and become accustomed to the habits of their owners. Plan on spending an hour or so a day in some type of interaction with this little guy as he is a social creature. But like the Senegal it can also become very attached to one human companion, becoming quite possessive and jealous. To avoid this, early socialization with all members of the family is required.
These birds can reach up to 8 1/2" (22 cm).