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Hawk-headed Parrot
Deroptyus accipitrinus

  • Habitat: tropical, coastal and savannah forests
  • Range: Amazon Basin, Northern Brazil, Southeastern Colombia, and Northeastern Peru
  • Natural Diet: fruit. seeds, nuts, leaf buds
  • Status in the Wild: Common

 

Fun Facts

  • Hawk-headed parrots get their name from their hawk-like appearance, created when they flare their head feathers.
  • These parrots have brilliant blue and red feathers on their nape
  • As with most parrots, they have strong, curved beaks that aid them when climbing and to crack open the hard outer shells of seeds and thick skinned fruits.
  • They have unique feet that are zygodactyl (two toes facing forward and two facing back). Their digits have sharp, elongated claws, which are used for climbing and swinging.
  • They are highly territorial building their nests in tree hollows. Females usually lay two to three eggs

 

Conservation Threats

Habitat loss has a detrimental influence on their numbers in the wild

 

 

 

These parrots have brilliant blue and red feathers on their nape

 

Distributional range