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Hawk-headed Parrot: here’s the scoop


This species is suspected to lose 24-31% of suitable habitat within its distribution over the next 23 years. Fortunately, hawk-headed parrots are somewhat tolerant of fragmentation and edge-effects and are suspected to decline by less than 25%, but many other species that inhabit the rainforest may not be so lucky.

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You can find the Zoo’s hawk-headed parrots, Gaia and Whistle, inside Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs.


Hawk-headed Parrot

Scientific name

Deroptyus accipitrinus


Tropical forests and savannas, but they can thrive in a variety of habitats


Fruits, berries, seeds, nuts and leaves

life expectancy

25 – 30 years

Did you know?

Also known as a red-fan parrot, this beautiful bird can raise their nape feathers, forming a fan around their head when they are scared or excited.


Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant