Poicephalus meyeri ....................................................By Gideon Scheepers
Mostly dark grey-brown and the rump and undersides blue-green. All mature Meyers will have yellow on the bend of the wing, under wing coverts and the thighs. The tail is brown; beak is dark grey with a sheen to it. The iris is orange-red. They are 22 cm in length.
Range and Habitat
Housing in Aviculture
They can be housed in aviaries or suspendeds; we house ours in 60-cm X 60-cm X 1.2 m suspended aviaries with great success. We supply them with natural log nestboxes, 40 cm deep and 25 cm in diameter.
Breeding in Aviculture
These parrots were first bred about 50 years ago by the late Jack Rough in South Africa.They are fairly easy breeders once established. They will lay 3-5 and occasionally 5 eggs, incubation is 27 days, the hen starting to incubate from the second egg, laying intervals being 2 days apart. The hen incubates alone, but the male is always in the box with her. We take the chicks at 14 days to 21 days old and handrear them. They are easily feeders and usually present no problems when it comes to feeding, they are always eager to eat. My pairs breed mostly in the winter months, and seldom in summer.
make great pets and are not noisy, they are mid sized parrots and will
learn to talk.. Their voice is a raspy one, and typical of Poicephalus
parrots. The Meyer's is great for an apartment or for anyone who wants
a quiet smaller bird with a lively personality! It makes a super family
I know of no mutations. If you know of any please contact me at Gideon. a pic would be appreciated
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