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Hooded Parrot

 (Psephotellus dissimilis)

Also known as: Hooded Parakeet, Black-hooded Parrot or Parakeet, Antbed Parrot or Parakeet, Anthill Parrot or Parakeet

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Wild Hooded Parrot pair
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Did You Know?

The Hooded Parrot nests in termite mounds. The tunnel to the nest goes into the centre of the mound, where the temperature is stable.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psephotellus dissimilis

Species Profile

Genus: Psephotellus | Species: dissimilis

Size:

26cm (10 in)

Weight:

50-60g (1.75-2.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-black crown to area below eyes; dark brown upperparts; blue/green rump; turquoise/blue face and underparts; orange/red undertail coverts widely margined white; golden/yellow lesser, inner median, and inner secondary wing coverts; olive/green tail wide tipped with blue/white. Bill blue/grey tipped with darker grey. Eye dark brown. Female-dull green in colour; grey/brown forehead, crown, and forecheeks; pink/grey undertail coverts margined with white; underwing stripe yellow/white.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adult female with underwing stripe, in males narrower.

Call:

Calls are high-pitched chu-weet…chu-weet in flight and immediately after landing; when alarmed or cornered agitated, shrill chattering, with some sharp notes. Feeding is done in silence.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Wild Hooded Parrot pair
© birdphotosneill | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Hooded Parrot nests in termite mounds. The tunnel to the nest goes into the centre of the mound, where the temperature is stable.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psephotellus dissimilis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common in parts of the EU where it has been bred for many generations.

Longevity:

15-25 yrs

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower, and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from: hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate; fresh green peas, fresh corn and commercial insectivorous food or mealworms when rearing young; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Enjoys bathing. Also provide bird-safe wooden chew toys, vegetable tanned leather toys, puzzle/foraging toys, heat sterilized pine cones, and fir, willow, pine and unsprayed flowering branches.

Nest Box Size:

Heated or insulated vertical box 6" x 6" x 16" (15cm x 15cm x 40.6cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

19 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

Avicultural Society of Australia

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Wild Hooded Parrot pair
© birdphotosneill | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Hooded Parrot nests in termite mounds. The tunnel to the nest goes into the centre of the mound, where the temperature is stable.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psephotellus dissimilis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

About 20,000.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

This species' range has contracted due to overgrazing by livestock and inappropriate fire regimes. It may also be occasionally taken for the wild bird trade, but this is unlikely to be a concern since it is commonly bred in captivity. In the last 10 years no decline in population has been recorded.

Range:

N Australia, in northern N Territory south to lat. 15 degrees, 30 minutes S and from Daly and Mary Rivers east to western shores of Gulf of Carpentaria.

Habitat:

Found in dry open woodland, particularly Melaleuca dominated flood-plains and Spinifex grassland, also areas with termite mounds and in Eucalypt along riverways and rocky ridges.

Wild Diet:

Feeds mainly on seeds of seasonal grasses during the dry season and perennial plants during the wet season.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Primarily seen in pairs or small groups; outside the breeding season is reported to congregate in groups of up to 100 individuals where food is abundant. Are terrestrial feeders, resting quietly in surrounding foliage during the heat of the day.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 rounded eggs, 21.5 x 18.5mm (0.8 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

January-April

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Australian Wildlife Conservancy

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Wild Hooded Parrot pair
© birdphotosneill | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Hooded Parrot nests in termite mounds. The tunnel to the nest goes into the centre of the mound, where the temperature is stable.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psephotellus dissimilis

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