Brown-hooded Parrot (Pyrilia haematotis)

The Brown-hooded Parrot is a noisy species of parrot that travels in groups of 10 or more. I have seen them at Laguna del Lagarto Lodge, in Boca Tapada, which is located very close to the border with Nicaragua. They arrive to the fruit feeder in big numbers and compete with other birds for the food. Their defining mark is the head, which is brown, showing also red to rose cheeks and a white mask. Compared with other species of parrots, it is medium sized, being much larger than the Orange-chinned Parakeet, and smaller than the Scarlet and Great Green Macaws.

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (1)

The neck of the bird has an olive coloration, and the ear has a small rose patch

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (2)

The hood is brown, while the throat is almost black. Note also the white ring around the black iris

 

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (5)

The iris is dark brown, which contrasts nicely with the white eye ring

 

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (10)

Once they come to the perch, they move slowly through it, sometimes aided by their beak, which serves as a third limb to prevent falling.

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (14)

Their body is mostly green, however they show some blue feathers at the shoulders and the tip of the tail

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (15)

The brown hood contrasts with the white skin that almost form spectacles

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (16)

The throat is actually black, and most birds show a little bit of red on the cheeks, sometimes more defined, sometimes more fuzzy

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (20)

Most of the time they are just being curious and moving their head from side to side. A common sight, parrots like to rest with one foot retreated under the wing

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (21)

Also a common behavior, to see a parrot relieving itself from a head itch

Brown-hooded Parrot - Pyrilia haematotis - Loro Cabecipardo (22)

When looking straight forward, its expression seems like it is mad at you

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