The hawk-headed parrot (Deroptyus
|Other names||Red-fan parrot, hawk-headed caique|
|Color||Green wings, red and blue streaked breasts, brown face with white streaks|
|Size||13.7 – 14.1 in (34.7 – 36 cm)|
|Weight||Around 8.8 oz (250 g)|
|Distribution||Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Venezuela, Guyana, and French Guiana, and northeastern Peru|
|Diet||Fruits, nuts, buds, leaves, and seeds|
|Clutch size||2-3 eggs|
|Incubation period||26 days|
|Lifespan||Around 40 years|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Least Concern|
|Temperament as pets||Juveniles are docile but adults are nippy at times|
A cage with a size of 24x24x30 inch is sufficient for accommodating the bird along with perches and toys. The bar spacing should be 1 in.
However, for aviaries, 2.4×2.4×2.1 m is the ideal size with a nest
The ideal temperature for a hawk-headed parrot is around 70°F.
The birds are social and they have a streak for adventure in them with a little bit of naughtiness. If your bird is safe to stay out without the risk of escaping, it will enjoy your company. You will be amused to see how the bird follows you everywhere. Entertaining people with typical clownish behavior like hanging upside down, lying on the back, are common
Water should be plenty inside a bowl and don’t forget to refill it.
Interact and give the bird your company in a friendly way as its natural instinct is to be with you. Even it ever appears as naughty don’t punish it hard, just stay out of its sight for a few moments and it will understand that being disobedient means separation from you. Listen to music together, offer the bird your food sometimes, and cuddle it daily.
For bathing the bird, you must arrange a mist spray or could go for the kitchen sink. Frequent bathing is required for the hygiene so don’t skip this activity from the routine.
Psittacosis, kidney disease, fungal, viral or bacterial infection, lipomas, papillomas, and metal poisoning are common ailments.
The range for a hawk-headed parrot is $1,200-$1,800.
- The bird has some incredible neck feathers which can turn into a fan-like crown and it can enlarge the overall size of the bird. This is actually is a sign of being intimidated.
Video: Hawk-headed Parrot’s Fan