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Brown-headed Parrot

Poicephalus cryptoxanthus (Peters, W, 1854)

The Brown-headed Parrot (Poicephalus cryptoxanthus) is a South-eastern African parrot. The general plumage colour is green, indeed Sinclair et al., (1993) describe the species as “the greenest parrot of the sub-region”. The under wing coverts are bright yellow, although the extent of this is variable. It is from this yellow that the specific name derives, kryptos being Greek for hidden or concealed and xanthos meaning yellow. Forshaw (1989) maintains that the underparts and lower back are paler green, as is the margins of the feathers on the underparts, with this colouration becoming more pronounced towards the vent and thighs. The rump is very bright, almost metallic green. The neck is grey-brown merging to brown on the head but merging to greenish on the mantle. On some individuals some random yellow feathers are visible of the head, neck and wings. Why these occur is unknown but it has been proposed that these may result from over-vigorous preening by parents. The tail is edged olive-brown and tipped green. The iris is greenish yellow (Maclean 1993) or yellow (Forshaw 1989) and the legs and feet are blackish grey. The bill is dark, almost black above, merging to whitish below. The immature is always described as “duller than the adult and yellowish below” (for example, Maclean 1993). The flight is described as “fast and direct” (Forshaw 1989). Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Psittaciformes
Family:
  Psittacidae
Genus:
  Poicephalus

Scientific:
  Poicephalus cryptoxanthus

Citation:
  (Peters, W, 1854)

Reference:
  Ber.K.Preuss.Akad.Wiss.Berlin p.371

Protonym:
  Psittacus (Poiocephalus) [sic] cryptoxanthus

Avibase ID:
  4A03982169A8494D

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/4A039821

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 177611

Geographic range:

  • Poicephalus cryptoxanthus cryptoxanthus: SE Zimbabwe and Mozambique (s of Save R.) to ne S Africa
  • Poicephalus cryptoxanthus tanganyikae: SE Kenya to Malawi, n Mozambique, Zanzibar and Pemba I.
English:
Brown-headed Parrot
Czech:
papoušek hnědohlavý
German:
Braunkopfpapagei
Danish:
Brunhovedet Papegøje
Spanish:
Lorito Cabecipardo
Finnish:
mosambikinkaija
French:
Perroquet à tête brune
Italian:
Pappagallo testabruna
Japanese:
chagashirahanenagainko
Japanese:
チャガシラハネナガインコ
Dutch:
Bruinkoppapegaai
Norwegian:
Brunhodepapegøye
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Brunhovudpapegøye
Polish:
afrykanka brunatnoglowa
Portuguese:
Papagaio-de-cabeça-castanha
Russian:
Буроголовый длиннокрылый попугай
Slovak:
papagáj hnedohlavý
Swedish:
brunhuvad papegoja
Ukrainian:
Папуга-довгокрил буроголовий
Chinese:
褐头鹦鹉


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
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African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
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African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
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African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
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African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
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African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
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Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
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Birdlife checklist version 00:
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Birdlife checklist version 02:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
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Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
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Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
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Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
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Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Perroquet à tête brune ( Poicephalus cryptoxanthus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
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Clements 1st edition:
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eBird version 1.50:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
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Morony, Bock and Farrand:
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Sibley and Monroe (1993):
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Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
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Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
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Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
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Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
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Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Poicephalus [cryptoxanthus or crassus] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms


Afrikaans: Bruinkoppapegaai
Catalan: Lloro de Peters
Czech: Papoušek hnedohlavý, papoušek hnědohlavý
Danish: Brunhovedet Papegøje
German: Braunkopfpapagei, Braunkopf-Papagei
English: Brown headed Parrot, Brownheaded Parrot, Brown-headed Parrot
English (IOC): Brown-headed Parrot
English (Kenya): Brown-headed Parrot
Spanish: Lorito Cabecipardo, Lorito de Cabeza Parda
Spanish (Spain): Lorito Cabecipardo
Spanish (HBW): Brown-headed Parrot
Estonian: võsa-moorapapagoi
Finnish: Mosambikinkaija
French: Perroquet à tête brune
Hungarian: barnafejű papagáj
Italian: Pappagallo testabruna
Japanese: chagashirahanenagainko
Japanese: チャガシラハネナガインコ
Scientific: Poicephalus cryptoxanthus, Poicephalus cryptoxanthus cryptoxanthus, Poicephalus cyptoxanthus, Poicephalus fuscicapillus, Psittacus (Poiocephalus) [sic] cryptoxanthus
Lithuanian: Rudagalvė ilgasparnė papūga
Dutch: Bruinkoppapegaai
Norwegian Nynorsk: Brunhovudpapegøye
Norwegian: Brunhodepapegøye
Polish: afrykanka brunatnoglowa, Afrykanka brunatnogłowa
Portuguese: Papagaio-de-cabeça-castanha
Russian: Буроголовый длиннокрылый попугай
Slovak: papagáj hnedohlavý
Serbian: Smeđoglavi poicefalus papagaj
Swedish: Brunhuvad papegoja
Swahili: Kwao Kichwa-kahawia
Tsonga: Yhokwe
Ukrainian: Папуга-довгокрил буроголовий
Chinese: 褐头鹦鹉
Chinese (Traditional): 褐頭鸚鵡

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