Parrots (Psittacidae)

Brown-necked Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) - HBW 4, p. 414

French: Perroquet robuste German: Kappapagei Spanish: Lorito Robusto
Other common names: Cape Parrot

Taxonomy: Psittacus robustus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, east Cape Province.
Forms a parapatric species pair with P. gulielmi. Race suahelicus sometimes considered a separate species, incorporating fuscicollis, but voices claimed to be identical and morphological differences rather slight; nevertheless, notable differences in habitat preference suggest that treatment as separate species may be justified, although birds of W Africa may show more similarities to nominate robustus than to suahelicus; within race fuscicollis, populations of lower R Congo and Cabinda are closest to suahelicus. Three subspecies currently reco.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Psittacus robustus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, east Cape Province.
Forms a parapatric species pair with P. gulielmi. Race suahelicus sometimes considered a separate species, incorporating fuscicollis, but voices claimed to be identical and morphological differences rather slight; nevertheless, notable differences in habitat preference suggest that treatment as separate species may be justified, although birds of W Africa may show more similarities to nominate robustus than to suahelicus; within race fuscicollis, populations of lower R Congo and Cabinda are closest to suahelicus. Three subspecies currently recognized

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • fuscicollis (Kuhl, 1820) - patchily from Gambia to EC Nigeria, lower R Congo and Cabinda (N Angola).
  • suahelicus Reichenow, 1898 - E & CS Angola through Rwanda (one record in Uganda) to C Tanzania (Ngurus), and S to extreme N Botswana and extreme NE South Africa.
  • robustus (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - E South Africa.