Scaly-headed Parrot

About the Scaly-headed Parrot

Also known as: Scaly-headed Pionus, Maximilian Pionus, Maximilian's Parrot
The Scaly-headed Parrot is a medium-sized species of parrot found in South America. Its range extends across much of eastern South America, from Brazil down to northern Argentina. They are typically found in wooded habitat.

The Scaly-headed Parrot can be recognized by its mostly green plumage, red vent, and greyish scalloped ("scaly") head. There are four recognized subspecies; ours is P. m. siy of the Pantanal, showing a white eye-ring.

Scaly-headed Parrots are popular in aviculture, where they are known by some different names, including Scaly-headed Pionus, Maximilian Pionus, or Maximilian Parrot. They may live 40 years or more in captivity and are known for their intelligence and relaxed personality.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 December 2018
Scientific Name
Pionus maximiliani
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Pionus
  • P. maximiliani
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 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 12 inches
7.4 to 10.3 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Maitaca-verde
Chinese (汉语) 鳞头鹦哥
Czech (Cesky) amazónek šupinkový
Danish (Dansk) Blåstrubet Pionus
Dutch (Nederlands) Maximiliaanmargrietje
Finnish (Suomi) parananaratti
French (Français) Pione de Maximilien
German (Deutsch) Maximilianpapagei
Italian (Italiano) Pappagallo testasquamata
Japanese (日本語) アケボノインコモドキ [akebonoinkomodoki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Skjellhodepapegøye
Polish (Polski) piona luskowana
Portuguese (Português) Maitaca
Russian (русский язык) Красногузый попугай Максимилиана
Spanish (Español) Loro Choclero
Swedish (Svenska) fjällhuvad papegoja
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