Meyer's Parrot
Brown Parrot

Poicephalus meyeri

Meyer's Parrot, Poicephalus meyeri, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed on a farm plot west of Eldoret, Kenya. December 31, 2013.

From Wikipedia: A small (about 21 cm, 90-130g), stocky African parrot. Meyer's parrots display a dull brown head, back and tail, green or blue-green abdomen, blue rump and bright yellow markings on the carpal joint of the wings. Most subspecies have some yellow on the top of the head as well. Forshaw (1989) recognizes six subspecies of P. meyeri which vary in home range, size and in markings, including the extent of yellow markings on the head and wings and intensity of turquoise markings on the abdomen and rump. The name commemorates the German ornithologist Bernhard Meyer. This bird is found in western Kenya.

Psittacidae -- Parrot Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, created 8 April 2014