These little parrots can be seen gathering on the ground to eat grass seeds and drinking at watering holes among herds of migrating hoof stock on the African Savanna.
This small parrot is mainly green with an orange patch on the breast, brown head and black face, with a white ring around the eye. They are around 14 cm long, with a very short tail.
Threats: habitat loss
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This is Africa's most endangered parrot due to habitat loss and over collection for the pet trade.
Much of the day is spent feeding on grass seeds near the ground. Drinking water is important since their food is low in moisture. If threatened, they fly silently into the nearest tree. They sleep with their heads tucked under their wing. They are very noisy, uttering a variety of loud shrieks and calls in flight.
It breeds in holes in mature mopane trees near roosting sites from January to May. Breeding pairs probably use the same nest site year after year.