Geographical Range Western and central South America
Habitat Humid forests, savannas, woodlands
Scientific Name Deroptyus accipitrinus
Conservation Status Common

This South American parrot is known for its brilliantly colored plumage, and its unusual threat display. When the bird is excited or trying to intimidate an intruder, it raises its head feathers to form an impressive ruff around its head. The parrot also sways from side to side and emits a whining sound.

The hawk-headed parrot feeds on fruits, seeds, nuts and berries. It nests in the abandoned holes of woodpeckers, where females lay one to three white eggs. Both male and female help raise the young. Chicks stay with their parents eight to nine weeks, then leave the nest for good.