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Did You Know? 15 Incredible Hooded Parrot Facts

Learn some interesting hooded parrot facts here

The hooded parrot (Psephotus dissimilis) is a parrot belonging to the family of Psittaculidae of genus Psephotullus. This bird is an endemic bird and happens to be a resident of the northeastern parts of the Northern Territory of Australia. These birds happen to be astonishingly beautiful creatures and can be seen flying in open savannah regions. This species of bird happens to bear some resemblance to the yellow-shouldered parakeet however, these birds are much more beautiful than the latter. Some of the other names this bird is known by include the black-hooded parrot, hooded parakeet, brown-hooded parrot, or anthill parakeet. These birds can display aggressiveness towards other parrots, as is often seen to be the case common amongst this species of parakeet.

To know learn some more very interesting facts about birds like this one or other types of parrots, be sure to check out kea parrots, or the amazing Amazon parrot.

Hooded Parrot Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a hooded parrot?

As the name suggests, the hooded parrot (Psephotus dissimilis) happens to be a beautiful species of parrot.

What class of animal does a hooded parrot belong to?

Like all other parrots, this species of turquoise blue birds belongs to the animal class of Aves.

How many hooded parrots are there in the world?

This hooded parakeet happens to be listed as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN as there are over 20,000 birds in this species of parrot flying freely over the Mary River up to the shores of Carpentaria.

Where does a hooded parrot live?

This black-hooded parrot species happens to be endemic and can only be found in the northeastern parts of the Northern Territory of Australia, where they can be seen nesting in semi-arid regions and also flying and feeding across the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

What is a hooded parrot's habitat?

Turquoise blue hooded parrot birds love to fly in open places, and it only makes sense that their habitat allows them to do this. This bird species can be seen living in the savannahs and open woodlands of Australia. However, a majority of the population of these birds have left their original habitats, mainly due to overgrazing and poaching activities of humans. Due to this, many of these turquoise birds are now seen in mostly semi-arid and barren regions.

Who do hooded parrots live with?

This bird species happens to be monogamous in nature and is usually seen spending their lives with a single partner.

How long does a hooded parrot live?

This species of bird do not live as long as other regular parrots. They are usually seen to live around 12-18 years. However, in captivity, these birds may even live as long as 25 years!

How do they reproduce?

The reproduction cycle of these birds happens to be quite unique. As shocking as it may sound, it begins with the process of excavation! The male parrot starts digging for its nest in termite mounds. These termite mounds do not need to be really big. The males dig tunnels that can go up to a length of almost 20-32 in (50-81 cm) and both the male and female birds rest in these nests until their breeding season comes. Usually, for these parrots, the breeding season occurs twice a year typically during April or August. These birds copulate in their nests and eventually, the female bird lays around four to six shiny eggs. These eggs are pretty small and spherical and can measure around 0.8 in (22 mm) long and 0.7 in (19 mm) wide. The incubation period of these birds lasts around 19 days. Eventually, the young chicks hatch out of the eggs and eat the larvae of the termites. After they are ready to face the world on their own, the young males and females leave the nest.

What is their conservation status?

As of now, the conservation status of this bird species is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

Hooded Parrot Fun Facts

What do hooded parrots look like?

The hooded parrot (Pseohotus dissimilis) happens to be a creature of timeless beauty. This species of parrots is dimorphic in nature. Adult male parrots are usually considered to be more beautiful than the female parrots because of their distinct colorful features and their colorful coverts. The male parrot has a dark black head and a dark blue beak. They have beautiful brown eyes and their upper body is brown in color. The lower body of this bird is covered with turquoise feathers which makes it look extremely attractive. They also have a yellow patch of feathers on their wings. These birds have pink-colored feet and their tails happen to have a tint of olive green on them. Adult females happen to be dull green in color and their head is usually either gray or brown. There are not any blue feathers on their body. Also, they have pink feet and pink feathers under the tail coverts. Young hooded parrots look a lot like female parrots as they also do not have a lot of blue on their bodies.

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How cute are they?

These birds happen to be extremely cute, especially the adult males compared to the adult females. The shades of blue and green on their body make them a sight for sore eyes.

How do they communicate?

There is not much information available about the ways these birds communicate with each other. However, if we assume that they communicate the same way as regular parrots then we can say that the calls of these birds can be quite melodious. These bird calls happen to be one of the most famous in the whole of the animal kingdom and the call can be trained to imitate human sounds.

How big is a hooded parrot?

Considering their nutritious diet, these birds are quite small and not as big as a bird like the vulture. The birds can grow as long as 10.2 in (26 cm) in length. However, in captivity, the range of length of these birds may change significantly.

How fast can a hooded parrot move?

There is not much information available about these gray birds, however, if they can fly at the same speed as the regular green parrots, these birds might be able to achieve a constant flight speed of around 40-50 mph (64-80.4 kph). This is still nothing compared to a bird like an albatross which can fly at three times the speed of these parrots.

How much does a hooded parrot weigh?

The hooded parrot only weighs around 1.7-2 oz (50-56 g) because their diet typically only includes seeds.

What are the male and female names of the species?

There is not a different name for the males and females of this species. They are both called hooded parrots.

What would you call a baby hooded parrot?

When a young hooded parrot is born, like most other baby birds that live in a nest, this parrot can be referred to as a chick.

What do they eat?

The diet of hooded parakeets usually only includes seeds, berries, or small fruits.

Are they dangerous?

These birds can be aggressive and territorial towards other birds. However, they don't pose any danger to humans.

Would they make a good pet?

These birds are often captured by poachers and bird traders. We should stop keeping birds like these as pets and to stop encouraging such poaching activities.

Did you know...

The budgie is the cheapest parrot. They can be purchased for $15-100.

The masked lovebird is probably the cutest parrot in the world!

Where can you buy a hooded parrot?

There are proper channels to adopt a hooded parrot and if proper research is done, you might just find one quite easily. However, it is advised to not buy these birds from poachers and traders as you might be encouraging the activities carried out by poachers! Many websites sell these black and brown hooded parrots that have been raised in captivity their whole life and haven't been snatched from the wild. A pair of hooded parrots can usually be bought for around $300-350.

How does the hooded parrot compare with other parrots?

These parrots are much more beautiful compared to others such as Meyer's parrot, the Senegal parrot, or the Amazon parrot. They also happen to be granivorous and prefer a regular seed diet. However, considering the fact that these parrots are extremely beautiful, they are more expensive than regular parrots. These birds are 20 times the price of a normal budgie parrot for a breeding pair!

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our sparrowhawk facts and western kingbird facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable parrot mask coloring pages.

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