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Hawkheaded Parrot

(Deroptyus accipitrinus)

 

Anyone ever seeing a hawk-headed  will always say, "they will take your breath away". They surely do, there truly is none more magnificent, in the parrot family. The hawk-head is rather a small bird as far as parrots are concerned. There size is comparable to a blue crown conure, a Jardine's, or perhaps a white capped pionus. Because of the very long tail, which does not taper to a point but rather flattens out and is very square, and their large beak and head, they can appear to be around the size of an Amazon.

They are most known for having the ability to raise the head feathers when excited or defensive. These elegant feathers of rich maroon edged in electric blue, form a crown of glory which frames the entire head. The hawk-heads beauty does not stop there. The crown of color extends down the back of the head circling the neck and extends down the entire belly. These rich colors frame the face of sable brown flecked with champagne. The wings, back, and tail sport a rather beautiful emerald green.

Most of the hawk-heads we have in the U.K. are of the nominate subspecies (buff head), originally from Guyana in the North Eastern coast Of South America. Guyana extends down, long and narrow, touching a Northern part of Brazil. The subspecies, or Brazilian hawk-head, is found South of the Amazon river, as the name implies, in Brazil.

Hawk-heads are forest birds and very territorial. They usually travel alone, with their mate or family. Because of this solitary behavior very few hawk-heads were imported. Brazilian hawk-heads that came in were probably brought in from Paraguay and Bolivia, where other species of parrots were trapped. Before the introduction of Parrots of the World, by Joseph M Forshaw, wildlife officials didn't really know the country of origin of many birds. Once Forshaw's book was available hawk-heads could be identified as to country of origin, and Brazilian hawk-heads were no longer allowed to be exported.

There is a major problem in mate aggression with this parrot. Many an experienced aviculturist has lost a mate of either sex, it doesn't always hold true the males do the killing. I don't know of anyone actually knowing what causes the mate aggression, but there are many educated thoughts in regards to the problem. Some speculate one is ready to breed while the other is not. Some think that they just don't like each other, and believe you must have compatible pairs.

As a pet, some owners liken their personality to a caique. They are very intelligent and seem easy to train and mesh into what you expect of them. They really seem to like routine, and can be very satisfied with time out to play and time with you, a lot of them even put themselves to bed at the appropriate time. Most people that have them as pets can't say enough about them. I personally recommend them highly.

Voice is another topic of importance. They do have a nice quality about their voice. They will learn a few phrases, and say them quite clearly. Their normal call can be quite loud, but it is very clear and not screechy, more like short whistle noises, but loud. They tend to sound off in the morning and evening.

If you are looking for an enjoyable pet bird, a hawk-headed parrot should definitely be on your list of birds to be considered

 

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