The Hooded Parrot

This is a small to medium-sized parrot, only reaching just under a foot in length from the head to the tip of the tail. It is light, weighing only about 2 ounces. The thing that attracts this little bird to people is its attractive coloring. Like many types of birds, the male is much more beautiful than the female. The top of his head is jet black, which is no doubt where the name Hooded Parrot comes from. Most of the rest of the birds body is a stunning turquoise. This blue-green color melts over the bird’s cheeks, down the neck, chest and belly. Under the tail there hides a bit of orange. A generous patch of yellow adorns the wings, with parts of the back and wing shaded a medium gray. The tail starts out as olive green at the base, and gradually darkens to a black at the tip. The bill is gray and the eyes are a dark brown that appears almost black. The female is a much duller counterpart. She is a muted olive green color with a grayish brown hood. She has a bit of dull yellow under her wing and some pink under her tail.

This bird, though aggressive to other bird’s, has a nice personality. It is a very sweet bird and quite easily trained. It is native to Australia and is believed to be on it’s way to be considered vulnerable on the endangered species list. Introduction of farmlands and other human interferences are thought to be the cause of the apparently dwindling numbers. There are protected areas, however, that these birds thrive in large numbers. In captivity, they are rather common. They nest in ant mounds in the wild and enjoy a nice arid habitat in the Northern parts of Australia.

They live a moderately long life. Expect to have this bird for about 25 years. Not as long as the Macaw, but still a pretty lengthy period.

As with most birds, a complete balanced diet is one of the most important things to think about giving your bird. Some nice pellet and yummy seeds should do the trick. Supplement with lots of vegetables and fruits, sprouted seeds, perhaps some cooked beans. They can eat an assortment of nutritious snack-like foods. Just beware of bird-toxic foods, such as chocolate and avocado (among others). In the wild, they eat seeds, berries, and leafy greens. Another important thing to remember is to keep a clean cage and provide fresh water daily (in a bowl that is being cleansed daily). And play with your bird. Play play and play some more. These birds, like almost every other parrot on the planet, love interaction. At minimum, spend a few hours per day interacting with your bird. This will also help to earn trust so you can learn fun tricks with your bird, such as flipping them upside-down while they swing from your hand. That’s always a fun one.

Because of their aggressive tendencies, it is recommended that not more than one pair be housed together in one enclosure. They may very well harm one another if kept in groups larger than two birds. One thing that people really like about these birds, is they are not very noisy. They do have a rather shrill cry, but don’t use it terribly often. They love to make their cute little chirpy noises. Who doesn’t appreciate a cute little chirpy noise?