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The Meyers Parrot

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Poicephalus meyeri’s correct name is the Meyer’s Parrot, but it is commonly written without an apostrophe as in the title of this article, or incorrectly spelt as Myers Parrot. It takes its name from the famous German naturalist Berhard Meyer. Objectively speaking, this is the cutest parrot there is!

A cute Meyers parrot

Appearance
Because of its small stature, which sees it grow to around nine inches, this bird is often mistaken for a parakeet. Originally from Africa, it has a brown head and almost black wings. These dark features serve as an excellent contrast to a chest and back with shade of blue and green, along with various yellow markings.


Meyers Parrots

The six subspecies each have slightly different marking:

  • Poicephalus meyeri meyeri – yellow on the head, turquoise/blue belly
  • Poicephalus meyeri saturatus – yellow on the head, green belly
  • Poicephalus meyeri matschiei – yellow on the head, bright blue belly
  • Poicephalus meyeri reichenowi – dark head, turquoise belly
  • Poicephalus meyeri damarensis – dark head, turquoise belly
  • Poicephalus meyeri trasvaalensis – yellow on the head, greenish belly

Captive-bred stock have been interbred for years without reference to the subspecies so the distinctions noted above are apparent only in wild birds. Even in the wild the subspecies are difficult to distinguish because of the subtle difference in the blues and greens that mark this bird.

Behavior
The Meyers Parrot is a peaceful bird that does not make as much noise as other parrots, at the same time whilst it can learn a few words it is not one of the best mimics. Owners often remark how loving this species is, and that it is a good pet bird if you have children. Parrot care for the Meyers does not have many particular requirements, but they do enjoy human company so should be well attended to.

Habitat
Its natural habitat is the woodlands, grasslands and forests of sub-Saharan Africa. The location of the six sub species of Meyers is:

  • Poicephalus meyeri meyeri -    South Chad to West Ethiopia
  • Poicephalus meyeri saturatus – Uganda and West Kenya to West Tanzania
  • Poicephalus meyeri matschiei – Central Tanzania, South East Congo, Zambia and North Malawi
  • Poicephalus meyeri reichenowi – Central Angola to South Congo
  • Poicephalus meyeri damarensis – Northern Namibia, South Angola and North Western Botswana
  • Poicephalus meyeri transvaalensis – Botswana, Zimbabwe and Northern South Africa

The range of the Meyers is shown below.

Meyers Parrot Habitat

Your Meyers will want a cage that it can practice some flying in so height and width of around 20 inches would be suitable. As with most parrots horizontal bars for climbing, and a variety of perches to avoid repetitive stress are recommended.

Diet
Parrot mix, fruit and greens are a suitable diet, with preferred food including apples, bananas, carrots, and cucumber. In the wild the Meyers loves nothing more than the seeds of leguminous African trees.

A typical small, loveable Meyers:

Meyers Parrot


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