Black-headed parrot

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Black-headed parrot
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At Jurong Bird Park, Singapore
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Pionites
P. melanocephalus
Binomial name
Pionites melanocephalus
  • Pionites melanocephala
  • Psittacus melanocephalus Linnaeus, 1758

The black-headed parrot is Pionites melanocephalus. It lives in forests, most often in humid places, and nearby wooded habitats. They are known as 'caiques'.[2]

The bird is widespread in South America, and has two subspecies which are very similar. It lives north of the Amazon River and west of the Ucayali River in Brazil, northern Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. It is quite common and lives in many protected areas.

They are usually in pairs or small noisy groups of 10 to 30. They eat flowers, fruit, and seeds and possibly insects. Males and females look the same: they have identical plumage.

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2012). "Pionites melanocephalus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |last-author-amp= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. The Caique Site