The Jardine’s Parrot (Poicephalus gulielmi massaicus) is also called the Red-Fronted Parrot. It is a medium-sized African parrot from southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.
The Jardine’s Parrot is mainly green, and its wings have lighter green edges. It has a red chest and an orange-red crown, with black feathers on it head, neck, and back. It has a short, black, square tail. Its lower beak is dark grey and its upper beak has a horn-colour with a dark grey tip. Its eyes are red-orange with a pink-grey eye-ring. Its legs are grey-brown.
The Jardine’s Parrot can grow to 28 centimetres (11 inches) tall.
They are seen in pairs or small groups.
It nests in tree cavities. Females lay 3-4 white eggs, which hatch after about 27 days. The chicks leave the nest about 80 days after hatching.
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