Hawk-headed Parrot

Hawk-headed Parrot

Hawk-headed Parrot
Deroptyus accipitrinus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Psittaciformes
FAMILY
Psittacidae

Range

Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela


Habitat

Humid forests, savannas, woodlands


Diet

Includes fruit, seeds, buds, nectar, and pollen; occasionally feeds on insects or other meat

Weight

6.6 - 9.7 oz.

Height

13.6 in.

Incubation

26 days

Clutch

1 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • This species gets its common name from the distinctive dark red- blue feathers covering its head and neck. When angry or alarmed, it raises these feathers, framing the face like a headdress.
  • Also known as the Red-fan Parrot
  • In the wild, hawk-heads travel in pairs or small groups and roost singly in trees.
  • The parrot is often seen swaying from side to side and emitting a whining sound.
  • Juveniles have brown eyes and a lighter color beak. Adults have yellow eyes, a gray-black beak and gray legs.

 

Conservation

Because they are more solitary, they are harder to capture and therefore there are few hawk-heads in the pet trade today.

The parrot plays an important role in its habitat by helping to propagate the forest. Because not all of the seeds consumed are digested, many are passed in the bird's guano over new areas of the forest.

Least Concern

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