Thursday, April 21, 2011

Meyer's Parrot

A little over five weeks ago while the fruit was in abundance on the wild fig tree in the garden next door, this Meyer's parrot visited my garden. I photographed it from the time if landed with the fig in its claw until it had finished it and flew off into the valley below. The entire meal took 19 minutes to devour and gave me ample opportunity to photograph this beautiful bird

I was also fascinated that it seemed to stand on one leg all the time, as the other held the fruit , although I wasn't sure

Meyer's Parrot is a mainlty brown parrot with a conspicous yellow crown and yellow shoulders. The back and rump are green-blue, the underparts are green and the eyes are dull red. This bird occurs in pairs or small parties (although the day I photographed this one in my garden, it was alone) It utters a piercing whistle and this drew me outdoors even though I was supposed to be baking bread at the time!
One final image of the Meyer's Parrot

The parrots have been back in camp this week, but I have been unsucessfully trying to spot them! Hence the photos from my archives.


  1. The Meyer's Parrot is a gorgeous bird. You did get some great pictures, Jo.

  2. Birds-eye views are sometimes the best.

  3. Wow, a parrot with one leg and one hand. How else is he to hold fruit? Wonderful, Jo, just wonderful.
    Luv, K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  4. These are great shots of the colorful parrot, Jo. It is interesting that it stands on one foot for so long as it eats the fig.

    That is a funny shot of you--you are so slim and trim that even a derriere shot looks good!


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