Cape Parrots - includes Uncapes Poicephalus robustus/fuscicollis/suahelicus

Cape Parrot female
Cape Parrot
Until recently, the Cape Parrot was classified as a single species with three subspecies in different areas: the nominate, Poicephalus robustus robustus, from South Africa; the southeast African, P. r. suahelicus and the West African, P. r. fuscicollis. The latter two were sometimes referred to as the "Un-cape" parrots.
Cape Parrot maleMale
Cape Parrot juvenilesJuveniles
The largest of the African Poicephalus species, they have red on the wing/"shoulders", grey heads, green bodies and disproportionately large grey upper beaks. Unusually for birds, the female/juveniles are more colourful with a red brow/cap.
Cape Parrot robustus
Cape Parrot
Cape Parrot
Recently DNA evidence has confirmed that the subspecies from South Africa (above) is in fact a separate and distinct species, still called the Cape Parrot, P. robustus. Unlike the other two, its habitat is temperate montane forest.
Brown-necked parrot
Brown-necked Parrot
Brown-necked Parrot juveniles
The remaining prior subspecies, both living in savannah habitats, have been split out into one or two (depending on authority) new species: the Brown-necked, P. fuscicollis (fuscicollis), from West Africa (above) and the Grey-headed, P. suahelicus (or P. fuscicollis suahelicus) from southeast Africa. Both names are confusing since another Poicephalus species is called the Brown-headed (both having greyish brown heads/necks) and several African parrots have grey heads.