The Cape Parrot is a larger sized parrot from the Poicephalus Parrot species that includes Jardine's, Meyer's, and Senegal parrots endemic to South Africa. It was formerly grouped as a subspecies (along with the savanna-dwelling Brown-necked Parrot and Grey-headed Parrot but is now considered its own species.
Cape Parrots are sexually dimorphic, with females typically sporting an orange frontal patch on the forehead. Juveniles also show a larger orange - pink patch on the forehead but lack the red on shoulders and legs of adults. These plumage characteristics vary among individuals and among the three recognized forms.
The Cape Parrot is native to South Africa.
The Cape Parrot is a short-tailed moderately large bird with a very large beak used to crack all sorts of hard nuts and fruit kernels, especially those of African yellowwood trees. The few that are living in captivity as pets will require fruits, nuts, and a fortified parrot pellet with vitamins. Check out the fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list.
Over one hundred P. robustus parrots are kept as pet birds, most of which are wild-caught birds although they do breed reasonably well in captivity.
The Cape Parrot should be given a spacious cage large enough to expand their entire wing span. We highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in.
They are rare as pets, despite low-levels of ongoing illegal collection and trade. Those that are kept have demonstrated wonderful personalities, and a talking ability that rivals their larger cousin the African Grey Parrot.
As with any pet parrot, they need bright and colorful toys with a variety of textures to chew on. Pet birds love to hear positive music, their owner's voice, and even the t.v.!
*Some informational resources are from Wikipedia.