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Lesser Vasa-Parrot

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  • Aythya affinis
  • Ducks & Geese

About the Lesser Vasa-Parrot

Also known as: Black Parrot

The Lesser Vasa-Parrot, also known as the Black Parrot, is a species found off the southwest coast of Africa on Madagascar and other outlying islands.

The Lesser Vasa-Parrot feeds on fruits, seeds, berries, and even flowers. They forage for food in mangrove swamps and evergreen forests. Lesser Vasa-Parrots are cavity nesters, using tree holes or hollow limbs for raising their chicks.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 March 2014
Scientific Name Coracopsis nigra
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittrichasiidae
  • Coracopsis
  • C. nigra
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
13.8 to 15.7 inches
4.7 to 11 ounces


The population trend for the Lesser Vasa-Parrot is considered stable and the species has a conservation status of Least Concern as of march 2014.

International Names

  • 马岛小鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • vaza malý (Czech)
  • Lille Vasapapegøje (Danish)
  • Kleine Vasa-papegaai (Dutch)
  • pikkumustakaija (Finnish)
  • Perroquet noir (French)
  • Rabenpapagei (German)
  • Vasa nero (Italian)
  • コクロインコ [kousuzumiinko] (Japanese)
  • Svartpapegøye (Norwegian)
  • papuzica mala (Polish)
  • Малый Попугай-Ваза (Russian)
  • Loro Negro (Spanish)
  • Mindre vasapapegoja (Swedish)