Most Poicephalus Parrots measure a mere 8-10 inches long, but they are “small” only in stature. These stocky, pint-sized African natives offer some huge advantages over their larger cousins, and are excellent choices for those seeking a small bird with all the personality of an Amazon or African Gray.
Poicephalus are, as a rule, a bit shy or even timid, especially in new surroundings or around strangers. “Easy-going” is the description most commonly given by owners. Acclimated individuals, however, are among the most affectionate of all parrots. They seem to crave attention but are not prone to screaming– an extended neck or lowered head is a more common way of soliciting a scratch. Poicephalus are excellent birds for patient folks seeking a companion that can be handled regularly.