African Grey Parrot

If you are Planning a Uganda Birding Safari. Then plan to enjoy the African Grey Parrot.

In this section of the Uganda Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about African Grey Parrots that can help you enjoy your Bird watching tour to Africa.

You will find information about:

where to find the African Grey Parrots in Uganda (Psittacus erithacus)

The African grey parrot is among the larger of forest and woodland parrots.

You will mainly find this Uganda bird in forests like the miombo woodland.

Like the other types of parrots, African grey parrots have far-carrying calls which they make frequently during long flights over the forest canopy.

In Uganda you will find them in forests from 700-2300 meters.

Characteristics of the African grey parrot

The African grey parrot is a large broad-winged grey parrot with a height of 30-31cm and sexes are alike.

It has a short square- ended scarlet red tail which is difficult to see unless there is good light.

If you are at close range you will be able to see its creamy – yellow eyes, whitish sides of the face.

It also has scaly grey fringes from the head to the neck.

During flight the birds show a darker near black primaries but the red tail is characteristic!

In their habitats

You can find flocks of African grey parrots in any forested habitat but you might also see these birds in pairs or small groups.

They gather at fruiting trees and often follow regular paths to roosting and feeding areas.

In flight or when perched up, the African grey parrot gives a variety of great loud squawking call and raucous notes and sometimes the sounds can be explosive!

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