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Caica Parrot

 (Pyrilia caica)

Also known as: Hooded Parrot

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Wild Caica Parrot
© Ron Hoff

Did You Know?

The head of the juvenile Caica Parrot lacks the stunning black mask of the adult.

Academic Research

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Species Profile

Genus: Pyrilia | Species: caica

Size:

23cm (9 in)

Weight:

121-141g (4.2-5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults green in general; black/brown head; yellow/brown wide collar around nape and hindneck, with dark brown scalloping; olive/brown throat and upper breast; green bend of wing, carpal edge and underwing coverts. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring bare and pale grey. Eye orange.

Colour Juvenile:

Green occiput and crown; olive/green cheeks; yellow collar around hindneck, scalloping absent; green throat and upper breast with olive/yellow wash.

Call:

This bird is not very vocal; any calls made in flight are nasal or hornlike. When perched a nasal, honking sound.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
AvianWeb
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 127394, Caica Parrot Pionopsitta caica, Marantz, Curtis, Amazona, Brazil, Sep. 17 2000, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition

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Wild Caica Parrot
© Ron Hoff

Did You Know?

The head of the juvenile Caica Parrot lacks the stunning black mask of the adult.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrilia caica

Species Care

Captive Status:

Virtually unknown in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Inside enclosure 2 x 2 x 3m (6.5 x 6.5 x 9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple, pear, banana, oranges, pomegranate, cactus fruits, mango, papaya; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans, peas in the pod; lory nectar or porridge; small seed mix such as: millet, canary, safflower, oats, and a little hemp and sunflower; sprouted seed in spring and summer; vitamin and mineral supplements particularly C; complete kibble if taken.

Enrichment:

Provide unsprayed, bird-safe flowering and budding branches. Also wooden block toys, vegetable tanned leather toys and heat sterlized pine cones.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 10" x 10" x 24" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 61cm)

Clutch Size:

Not recorded.

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Caica Parrot
© Ron Hoff

Did You Know?

The head of the juvenile Caica Parrot lacks the stunning black mask of the adult.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrilia caica

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Is susceptible to accelerating deforestation in the Amazon Basin as land is cleared for cattle ranching and soy production. It may also be vulnerable to hunting and persecution.

Range:

E Amazonia in Guianas, N Brazil, and E Venezuela.

Habitat:

Found up to 1100m (3608 ft) in lowland terra firme rainforest, sometimes at forest edge.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds of Dracoides sagotianu, Protium, and Brosium spp.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Social. Mainly seen in small groups outside of breeding season. Birds forage in tree tops. Mainly keeps to upper canopy but may be seen on single bare branches projecting up and above canopy.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

November-January

Related Links:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

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Wild Caica Parrot
© Ron Hoff

Did You Know?

The head of the juvenile Caica Parrot lacks the stunning black mask of the adult.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrilia caica

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