Taxonomy Latham (1781) first described the Robust Parrot (original specimen now lost) from J. Banks’ collection which Gmelin (1788) used for his type description of Psittacus robustus. Psittacus is the same genus as the African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus).  The genus Poicephalus was proposed by Reichenow (1881) to replace Psittacus for this African Parrot group. Poicephalus robustus