Parrots (Psittacidae)

Brown Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) - HBW 4, p. 415

French: Perroquet de Meyer German: Goldbugpapagei Spanish: Lorito de Meyer
Other common names: Meyer's Parrot

Taxonomy: Psittacus Meyeri Cretzschmar, 1827, Kordofan.
Forms a superspecies with P. rueppellii, P. cryptoxanthus and P. crassus, and possibly others. Much intergradation between races, and also variation within each, indicating need for revision. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • meyeri (Cretzschmar, 1827) - NE Cameroon through S Chad, N Central African Republic and N Zaire to S Sudan and W Ethiopia.
  • saturatus (Sharpe, 1901) - W Kenya and Uganda to E Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
  • matschiei Neumann, 1898 - SE Zaire and W & C Tanzania to E Angola, N Zambia and N Malawi.

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  • meyeri (Cretzschmar, 1827) - NE Cameroon through S Chad, N Central African Republic and N Zaire to S Sudan and W Ethiopia.
  • saturatus (Sharpe, 1901) - W Kenya and Uganda to E Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
  • matschiei Neumann, 1898 - SE Zaire and W & C Tanzania to E Angola, N Zambia and N Malawi.
  • reichenowi Neumann, 1898 - W Angola.
  • damarensis Neumann, 1898 - S Angola, N & C Namibia and NW Botswana.
  • transvaalensis Neumann, 1899 - S Zambia and N Mozambique, through E Botswana and Zimbabwe to N South Africa.