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Isn’t this guy gorgeous? It took me awhile to find out what he was. Thank you google. The unique Hawk-headed Parrot is the only member of it’s own genus, Deroptyus. It has unusual elongated feathers on it’s neck that it can raise in a frill or fan when threatened. It is, for this reason, also sometimes referred to as a Fan-headed Parrot. You can see these long red and blue feathers in the shot below.
It is a fruitivore that lives in The Amazon Basin.
Reportedly, HH Parrots are prone to be stubborn, ill-tempered, and even aggressive at times as pets.
Maybe they prefer hanging out in the Amazon to being pets. Who can blame them? I’ve been to The Amazon, and if I were a parrot I would much rather be there than in a cage in someone’s house.
This guy wasn’t threatened or ill-tempered at all however, and I couldn’t get him to raise so much as a feather for a shot. He probably likes the huge multi-level Owen’s Aviary at the San Diego Zoo and has never even been to the Amazon. If he ever saw it though, I bet he’d fly off in shot and never look back. There is nothing like seeing incredible birds like this in the wild!
To see what he looks like with his frill raised like a hawk, check out:
Cheers to you from the happy, well-tempered Hawk-head, at the Owen’s Aviary
119 thoughts on “Hawk Headed Parrot!”
Never heard of or seen such a bird. If I didn’t see this – I wouldn’t believe there was such a creature. Thanks for sharing this unique finding with us!
I am so glad I could show you something new!!! But not glad my response to you done earlier through wp’s comments was deleted!!!! So sorry~
He is magnificent.
He is isn’t he!! I answered this days ago, but wp deleted it!!! sorry!
They have it out for you! 🙂
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Thank you Cindy for these awesome shots. What a beautiful bird.
Veraiconica, I thanked you for this days ago using wp’s rss feed, but apparently my response was deleted!! ): Thank you my friend & hugz!
A very gorgeous bird, Cindy, and your pics are wonderful!
Merci beaucoup madame!
I’ve only ever seen one kind of parrot in Bangladesh.You have photographs of different varieties I love them.Thank you.
I am so glad you do!!! When you have time, post a photo of your Bangladesh parrot. I would so love to see!!!!!
Handsome fellow! Amazing photos, as always – are you sure you aren’t with National Geographic?!!
I’m a secret operative, infiltrating the parrots!!! Don’t tell…….
I LOVE that second photo. It’s almost as if he’s saying “you lookin’ at me?” 😀 Beautiful bird that seems content in his very spacious environment. Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos!
Thank you for your wonderful comment and your appreciation! It is appreciated~
He is a beautiful creature for sure! Blessings, Natalie 🙂
Blessings to you ma deah~
I’m in awe.
Careful or your husband might get you one!
A very unusual bird with a very unusual head! Looks like he’s wearing a green cape.
Isn’t he wonderful!!!
Ooh! Another stunner!! Thanks Cindy 🙂
Muchas gracias a usted~
He is, isn’t he!
The wonders of Nature captured and shared by Cindy Knoke. Thanks, Cindy.
And appreciated by wonderful Russel! Cheers~
There are so many amazing animals in the world aren’t there? It kind of looks like Mother Nature swapped heads. How wild would it be to find a falcon with a parrot head? Lol. I’ve got an odd mind ;).
It does……Falcons do look sort of parrot like now that you mention it. I took some shots of one yesterday in our tree~
Oh wow how awesome to have then in your backyard!!! I always feel blessed when the kookaburras come into mine 🙂
I would be speechless if a kookaburra was in my bakcyard!!! lol~ I had so much fun with them in Auz though, what characters!
I think he knows it too…..
What a beautiful bird!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures! And for your always nice, vivid and interesting stories about them
You are a very kind person and I am so happy to know you!
Thank you so much for those kind words!
Superb… but curiously reminiscent of mashups such as the ‘Squawk’! RH http://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/mostly-cute-but-occasionally-terrifying-animal-mashups?sub=2505148_1483420
This is the third time I have commented on your wonderful mashups! Where are my comments going!! I love your mashups and think they should be in an invasion of the mashups movie!!!
So wunderschöne Vögel, wünsche einen schönen zweiten Advent liebe Grüße und Freundschaft Gislinde
Sie sind der netteste Mensch! Vielen Dank Gislinde ~
Wow what a beautiful parrot! I love the look he has in second pic! That beak looks wicked! I wouldn’t want him mad at me!! Fantastic colors!!
No I wouldn’t want to deal with an angry parrot either, the literature said, owners must be firm with a good knowledge of parrot body languagle, but I immediately wondered, how does one act firm with a parrot????
So beautiful. Where was it taken?
At the multi-level walk through Owens Aviary at The San Diego Zoo! Thanks much & cheers~
So cool, the head of the parrot just exactly likes the name. Hmm, long time back perhaps a parrot and a hawk decided to stay together. HH parrots have the traits of both 🙂
They do. Interesting….I wonder if other bird species share traits like this? I will ask google and get back to you~
That is a good question Cindy.
He’s so gorgeous wow Cindy!
I agree…..do you have any idea how hard it was to find out what he was? I started with googling green parrot, red blue strips, brown white head feathers……it took me quite awhile to find him, but I knew he was unusual and worth it! So happy you appreciate him~
Wonderful portraits of a stunning species.
You are very kind my friend! Cheers to you~
What an amazing bird, and such wisdom in those eyes. As always, beautiful photos!
Thank you my friend and I very much picked up on the intelligent eyes. Parrots have remarkable abilities, when we use the term “bird-brained” it should refer to intelligence!
He looks like an identity confused individual that I used to work for.
You crack me up. You have told me about this guy several times…..you said he would look at you with red-tailed hawk eyes! Sounds like a wonderful man….just the type that makes you happy to retire!
It’s not fair that humans are so blah and have to wear colors instead of sporting them naturally. This fellow is magnificent.
It’s ironic that women used to wear a lot of feathers. We obviously have been trying to emulate male birds for eons!
Great shots of this magnificent bird, Cindy. He does have that naughty look about him. 🙂
Haughty & naughty yes!!!
oooohhh! Those mash-ups should be in a sci-fi movie, something about genetic engineering going wild and mash-ups taking over the earth!!!
Beautiful shots, cindy!!!
Very appreciated Rexlin & cheers to you!
The bird looks so “cool” in the 2nd photo, and then it looks so cheerful on the 4th one.
I wonder if it took some acting classes. It is good in giving different expressions. 😀
Funny, you should see this! Parrots are frequently hilarious clowns with lots of natural acting chomps! Smart Hari strikes again……
That is just nutty! I wonder what natural imperative dictated that type of coloration…and wow! The Amazon! Cindy! You must post–or if you have already–you must link me. I imagine that is Avatar–the movie–good!!
Staggeringly gorgeous shots, and eye opening, as well.
Awwwww, so appreciated my friend! He seemed to have wisdom and a tad of haughtiness to go with his looks too! Apparently the breed can be aggressive. What do you mean post and link you?
der-de-der…maybe i shouldn’t have re-phrased that particular standby–I mean, to copy and paste a link to a previous article you might have written–pictorial, natch–about your travels to the rainforests…and/or the multi-conglomerate bookstore inna clouds…lo lo lo…;)
you may friend can and do anything you wish to do with my blessings and gratitude. as far as i am concerned you do everything very well! cheers & hugz~
Love that eye on the second shot not to mention everything about it.
This bird definitely caught my eye as well. He looks to me like a very wise parrot, always keeping one eye on me! lol~
It is quite amazing how birds can twist their heads around. I’m not sure if I could live with the huge insects in the Amazon…but maybe if I had a parrot companion like your friend here!
We are having our first significant snow for our area. Though I know others states have been ‘swamped’… glad I got out early to ‘stock up’. Though it’s mostly just me for a bit (and well my ‘grands’ during the day during the week. Wish I had my snow blower ready, alas the shovel will have to do. If it does get ‘out of hand’ I can get my sons to help. But if I pace myself I think I’ll be able to manage.
Cheers to you!
Great to hear from you Jules! I am so happy to have explored The Amazon, but the bugs were simply INSANE! I have and will never see anything like them again. Still it was gorgeous, and their were parrots, and pink dolphins and all sorts of magnificient flowers. Heaven except for the bugs! But one thing there were none of was snow! We are heading to Tahoe for XMAS and meeting up with the family to ski…..I have to have a snow experience at least once a year. Happy Holidays my friend!
Best to you and yours. Watching the grands cuts back on visit times…but I think of you often. Enjoy your ‘Holly Days!’
Closest I think I’ll ever get to the Amazon was the ‘rain forest’ of Maui. 🙂
Just imagine the piranha and you’ll almost have it!! 🙂
I love the intense colors, Cindy. –Curt
So glad you! I love where you go & your photos too my friend. Cheers to you~
Great photos. The colors are brilliant and the bird is beautiful.
He is quite something isn’t he! I had never seen a parrot quite like him~
Nature is … rather amazing, isn’t it?
Simply glorious and always full of surprises!
Gorgeous!!! The clarity is incredible. Thank you, Cindy!
I thank you for your appreciation & your wonderful blog!
I loved your blog, and here’s a piece of my love in the form of this Versatile Blogger Award :
You are very kind and also very appreciated! Thank you~
He sure looks like he’s checking you out!?!
He definitely was. Wise old bird! Cheers to you~
These guys are pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.! 🐦
Happy you like them! Cheers to you~
I’ve awarded you ‘The Awesome blogger’ Award 2013 🙂
I am honored and most appreciative of your kindness! Thank you~
Congratulations on the 2013 Blogger Award.
WOW! Very kind of you and most appreciated!
Great shots Cindy. That’s quite a fan they can lift when they’re stirred up isn’t it. Oh and once again congratulations on the above. As always well deserved.
Awww, very kind and yes I loved the fan. Wish I had one when I am tee-ed off!!!
Now wouldn’t that be fun……a clear signal indeed te he and chuckles. Truly lovely birds though.
Cindy, your photos absolutely blow me away! I can’t say enough nice things about them. I wish I had 1/4 of your talent!
Awwwww……that is the nicest thing to say. Mil grazi~
In the second photo, this beautiful bird looks so wise…. 🙂
I wonder what it is that he knows!
Basically everything….but he won’t tell us!!!
oh he’s gorgeous!
I have never seen one, or heard of one
Thank you for sharing….
Take Care….You Matter…
Same back to you X 2! And hugz too~
Liebe Cindy ich danke dir für die wundervollen Fotos es ist immer wieder schön diese tollen Fotos anzusehen einen gemütlichen Dienstag wünsche ich dir Klaus
Danke schoen freundlich Klaus!! 🙂 🙂
Magnificent beauty for sure … and I imagine one of the many colorful inhabitants of the Amazon.
Seeing them in flocks takes one breath away!! Gracias mi amigo~
All parrots belong to live into the nature and these are beautiful pictures of them 🙂 !
Agreed! So much more wonderful to see them there! Hugz to you my friend~
He’s a beautiful bird. It’s beak is like our conure, but a he’s little more colored like our Eclectus Parrot. He has a more feathers than our Eclectus Parrot, but our Eclectus is a rescue bird and recovering from years of neglect.
You are so lucky to have these birds! I am looking seriously about a sun conure, but I have to stop traveling first!
A conure is like having a perpetual 2 year old. Sun Conures are supposed to have good temperaments and quiet dispositions. Our Gold Cap Conure has gotten territorial over some areas and can be quite noisy. But he’s clever and a lot of fun. We’ve had him over 20 years now.
They are so gorgeous! Love parrots and all birds.
I do too!! Thank you!
Hollllllllllllllllllllllly crap! Your pictures are gorgeous, I felt like I could actually reach out and touch the bird. Fantastic job with these.
Awww that is so nice and makes me happy! Grazi~
Remarkably juxtaposed creature!
Your pictures r fabulous
U R Kind. Thank you დ