Hawk-Headed Parrots are one of the earliest parrots to be described, back in the late 1750’s. Their natural home is the Amazon River basin. It spans a broad region in South America, mostly Ecuador, Bolivia, Suriname, Guyana, and Brazil. They inhabit the dense and usually untouched Amazon rainforests where they nest in the canopy and holes in the trees.
These famous parrots are really unique looking, with many distinguishing traits. One of these is their famous imposing red crest, which they can raise and spread out above their head when excited or angry. This gives them another nickname – the Red Fan Parrot.
They are slender and light birds, but still large enough, reaching a length of circa 14 inches (35 centimeters). Even with the abundance of details in their appearance, there is no way to differentiate males from females – they are identical.
Speech and Sounds
The usual sounds that most parrots will pick up are a trait of Hawk-Headed Parrots as well. When playing by themselves, they are usually quiet, with occasional whispers and soft sounds that mimic human speech. But given their grumpiness and a tendency to exert their will, they will get loud and noisy when their wishes are not granted. High pitched caws, piercing whistles and screams are plenty when a Hawk-Headed Parrot gets angry.
There are a lot of details you can spot on your pet hawkhead. Their head is dark brown, speckled with white dots. You can also spot their most distinguishing aspect – the crown at the base of the neck. When fully extended it displays lovely burgundy red feathers with blue endings. The back and wings are a dim, tropical green, while their chests and bellies are dark brown, spotted with different colors that make an intricate pattern.
You’ll be amazed when your pet hawk-head starts showing off – the red fan is their beautiful and unique detail.
Care and Feeding
Besides the commercial seed mixes and store-bought pellets, you will have to add some fruits and veggies to their diet. Meats, nuts, and dairy are also a source of important nutrients and should all be offered to your pet: Hawk-Headed Parrots need a higher fat diet. They won’t hesitate to let you know that your lunch should be shared.
Like most other large parrots, they too love to bathe. Whether in the sink, the shower or a bathing dish, they must have regular baths to keep their feathers clean and hygiene in check.