Red-fan Parrot Deroptyus accipitrinus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Kester Clarke

Though parrots in general are unremarkable for their use of dynamic plumages, the Red-Fan Parrot is exceptional for its ability to erect elongated red feathers, with purple tips, forming a spectacular mane which frames the head. Certainly a very desirable species to see, despite its pan-Amazonian distribution, the Red-fan Parrot is fairly rare in undisturbed terra firme forest. It is most often seen perched high on bare branches and with its long tail, can strike a decidedly raptor-like posture which is reflected in its species epithet, accipitrinus.

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© Curtis Marantz

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

Recommended Citation

Red-fan Parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: