Black-headed Parrot

About the Black-headed Parrot

Also known as: Black-headed Caique, Black-capped Parrot, Pallid Parrot

The Black-headed Parrot is closely related to the White-bellied Parrot in the genus Pionites and can be found in forests north of the Amazon River in South America, where it is fairly common. They eat mostly flowers, seeds and insects and live in pairs or small flocks of 10 to 30 birds.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 13 May 2009
Scientific Name
Pionites melanocephalus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Pionites
  • P. melanocephalus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
10 to 11 inches
5 to 6 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Marianinha-de-cabeça-preta
Czech (Cesky) Amazónek černotemenný
Danish (Dansk) Sortkronet Korthalepapegøje
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwartkopcaique
Finnish (Suomi) Mustalakkiaratti
French (Français) Caïque Maïpouri
German (Deutsch) Grünzügelpapagei
Italian (Italiano) Caicco Testanera
Japanese (日本語) ズグロシロハラインコ (Zuguroshiroharainko)
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartkappet Hvitbukspapegøye
Polish (Polski) Barwinka Czarnoglowa
Russian (русский язык) Черноголовый Попугай
Spanish (Español) Lorito Chirlecrés
Swedish (Svenska) Svarthuvad Vitbukspapegoja
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