The Meyers parrot is native to the woodlands of Saharan Central and Eastern Africa. The naturally feed in the wooded grasslands and watercourses. In certain areas of Botswana they are know as a pest to local farmers feeding on agricultural areas. However in avian circles they are a very much revered pet and prolific breeder.
Meyer’s parrots display a dull brown head, back and tail, green or blue-green abdomen, blue rump and yellow markings. The stunning blue of the rump is especially evident when they fly. The eyes in mature birds are Orange/Red and they have Black Beaks.
Meyer parrots are very quiet and can be quite shy much like the Ruppell’s parrot but not nearly as intelligent.
There are several sub species and these can lead to varying degree of colouration on the crown, belly and wing shoulders. The sub species can roughly be categorised as follows.
Poicephalus meyeri meyeri (yellow on the head with a turquoise/bluish belly) mainly found in Ethiopia.
Poicephalus meyeri saturatus (yellow on the head with a green belly) mainly found Uganda/West Kenya/Tanzania
Poicephalus meyeri trasvaalensis (yellow on the head with a greenish belly ) mainly found Botswana, Zimbabwe and North South Africa
Poicephalus meyeri matschiei (yellow on the head, bright blue belly) mainly found Tanzania/South East Congo/North Malawi
Poicephalus meyeri damarensis (no yellow on the head turquoise belly) mainly found North Namibia/ South Angola and North West Botswana
Poicephalus meyeri reichenowi (no yellow on the head turquoise belly)mainly found Central Angola to South Congo
When breeding Meyers Parrots its extremely important not to mix the sub-species and interbreed them. They will breed however it lessen the purity of the individual strain and potentially could lead to us loosing some sub species.
The eggs are white and there are usually three or four in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for about 28 days and the chicks leave the nest about 60 days after hatching.
DNA or surgical sexing is recommended unless you are an experienced breeder. Visual sexing can be done using the same method as many other parrots i.e. the cocks have larger beaks, larger heads and the head appears flatter in top but to be sure DNA sexing is always the best approach.
Meyers make excellent pets and should not be overlooked when looking for a hand reared parrot.