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Pileated Parrot Pionopsitta pileata

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The Red-capped Parrot is a stocky, largely-green parrot of foothill forest in southeastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and northeastern Argentina. "Red-capped Parrot" is a descriptive name for this species, but unfortunately also is the name of a Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius) found in Australia; therefore the more awkward name "Pileated Parrot" sometimes is used for the South American species. In common with most species of parrots, it feeds on fruits and seeds and nests in tree cavities. This parrot is resident in most of its range, but is seasonal in occurrence at some sites, suggesting local migration or nomadic movements. The flight is fast and direct, and typically this parrot flies high above the canopy, in pairs or in very small groups.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Pileated Parrot (Pionopsitta pileata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: