Hawk Headed Parrot
Scientific Name: Deroptyus accipitrinus
Origin: Amazon rainforest
Average Lifespan: 20 to 40 years
Size: 12-15 in., 250-350 grams
Color: mostly green
Sound: can mimic human sounds and words
Physical characteristics of Hawk Headed Parrot
Also called Red Fan parrot, Hawk Headed Parrot displays an elongated neck feathers which can form into an elaborate fan when raised up. It usually displays this behavior to make itself appear larger especially when it is threatened. It displays a dark brown face with matching white streaks.
Personality and Temperament
Juvenile Hawk Headed Parrot is often docile and relaxed. Although it does not really prefer to interact with humans and animals, it rarely displays any aggression and temper. However, when it reaches maturity, this bird can be very ill tempered and aggressive. This is the reason why it is not recommended to regularly hold or pet adult Hawk Headed Parrot. In addition, children must avoid coming in close contact to prevent injuries and accidents.
During breeding season, this species tends to be more aggressive and stubborn. It prefers to bond or interact with its main owner. Clearly, it will take a lot of time and effort on the owner’s part to gain the trust and confidence of his pet.
Although most Hawk Headed Parrots are very sensitive when interacting with both humans and other animals, the case still varies for each individual. There are some Hawk Headed Parrots that have been recorded to easily get along with people especially its owner. After spending time training and conditioning its behavior, this species can eventually turn into trusted and friendly companions.
In the wild, Hawk Headed Parrot prefers living in isolated and quiet forests where it searches for various fruits and vegetables especially in high canopies. It also prefers to nest on tree holes. Female Hawk Headed Parrot usually lays about 2 to 3 eggs that commonly hatch after 25 to 30 days. Both parents take turn in taking care of their babies. The chicks stay with their parents for about 10 weeks, and start to fledge in the wild after a few days.
Health and Care
Hawk Headed Parrots prefer a steady diet of nutritious fruits especially in the wild. When kept as a pet, this species must also be given a steady diet of fresh fruits in order to maintain proper health. Due to the fact that it carries a large frame, proper and more than enough supply of food items is a must. Aside from fresh fruits, other food items that can be served include high quality bird seed and pellets, greens, and vegetables. However, avoid serving vegetables that contain extremely low or no nutritional value. In addition, avoid food items that contain high levels of sugars and acids, both of which can lead to various health conditions.
Aside from these food items, your pet must also be given constant supply of fresh water. Due to its large frame, this species needs greater amount of water supply compared to smaller birds. It is recommended to use a deep water basin that is mounted in its cage or enclosure for easy and convenient access.
Like all birds, Hawk Headed Parrot requires a few hours for interaction and play. Although its reputation says otherwise, it still needs to feel loved and cared especially during its formative years to develop its social skills. This way, its tendencies to be nippy, hard headed and aggressive towards humans are minimized and prevented.
If you prefer an indoor cage, it is best to place its cage in an area inside of your house that receives regular interaction from household members. Recommended areas include kitchen, living room or game room. Never place the cage in isolated areas like laundry room and attic.
History and Background
Hawk Headed Parrot is the only member of the genus Deroptyus family. It originated from the Amazon rainforest where it used to enjoy a large population. It also lives in Ecuador, Suriname, and Bolivia, areas of northeast Peru, French Guiana and Guyana. Although the species is not considered an endangered species, their numbers have dwindled over the past several years.