HAWK-HEADED PARROTDeroptyus acciptrinus
» Also called Red-fan parrot» Length about 12" Weight about 250 grams» Endemic to the northern Amazon rainforest in Brazil, the Guianas, southern Venezuela, to southcentral Colombia, eastern Ecuador, and north-eastern Peru. » Subspecies D.a.fuscifrons is from south of the Amazon in Brazil» CITES II Considered stable in its range» An unusual sometimes difficult bird kept as a human companion
Hawk-heads are beautiful, high-energy, sought after parrots. If they are raised right, they love to be involved in intense activity and snuggling. The behavior of Hawk-headed parrots is often compared to that of Caiques but more so. Hawk-heads seem to be emotionally deeper than many parrots … nothing is a surface thing. They tend to be totally focused and absorbed in their activities including play and relationships.
Hawk-heads can be good talkers and are often wonderful mimics of other bird and household noises.
Hawk-heads are not a companion for a wimpy person who can’t provide guidance because, generally speaking, these parrots are strong-willed and opinionated. Hawk-heads can be extremely loyal to a manic point and can be very protective of their favored person to the point of aggression towards other people and other animals. Hawk-heads can show significant territorial aggression and may even defend the person they are bonded with to an extreme. They seem to be fearless and will not retreat when threatened.
One caregiver that I talked with controls her Hawk-heads out time according to what else is going on in the household. Hawk-heads can become aggressive to other parrots and strangers. They are generally not a good flock bird and usually need to be kept separate from other birds.
With a proper introduction away from the bird’s perceived territory, a hawk-head may accept attention and even handling from strangers – but it is usually on the parrot’s terms. One caregiver reports that her Hawk-head never forgets anyone she has met. When people meet a Hawk-headed parrot, they usually want the bird to fan his or her head feathers. The raised feathers are gorgeous but this is not a good idea as it can over-stimulate the bird.