Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus)

Order: Psittaciformes  | Family: Psittacidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loreto, Peru

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian, Colombia

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru


Identification & Behavior: ~26 cm (10.2 in). The Blue-headed Parrot has a bright blue head and upper breast. The bill is black with two red spots on the sides of the culmen. The undertail coverts are bright red. The juvenile is all green with a narrow yellow forehead. It is structurally similar, perched and in flight, to the Orange-cheeked Parrot, but their plumages are very different.  Also, see Red-billed Parrot.

Status: The Blue-head Parrot is common in Amazonia. It also ranges at elevations of up to 1500 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Loro de Cabeza Azul.

Sub-species: Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus menstruus), Linnaeus, 1766.

Meaning of Name: Pionus: Gr. Pion, pionos= bulky, fat. menstruus: L.  menstrual in reference to the red feathers in the vent area.

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.