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Hooded Parrot

(Psephotus dissimilis)
Alternate name(s): "Black-hooded Parakeet", "Anthill Parrot"
Size: 25-27 cm
Weight: 50-60 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Hooded Parrot at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Close-up frontal view of a male Hooded Parrot looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Close-up near-frontal view of a male Hooded Parrot looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Close-up near-frontal/ventral view of a male Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Close-up lateral view of a male Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Close-up lateral view of a male Hooded Parrot taking grass seeds (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

Lateral view of a male Hooded Parrot on a high perch (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

Lateral/ventral view of a male Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2020]

Lateral/ventral view of a male Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a male Hooded Parrot looking back over its shoulder (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a male Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2020]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a male Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Pine Creek, NT, November 2019]

Dorsal view of a male Hooded Parrot shaking out its plumage
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

FEMALE

Full-frontal/ventral view of a very pale female Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Pine Creek, NT, November 2018]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a female Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2020]

Close-up near-lateral view of a female Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Pine Creek, NT, March 2021]

Close-up lateral view of a female Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Lateral view of a female Hooded Parrot
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a female Hooded Parrot looking sideways
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

PAIR

Lateral/dorsal view of a pair of Hooded Parrots; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Close-up lateral view of an immature male Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Near-lateral view of an immature male Hooded Parrot moulting into adult plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of an immature male Hooded Parrot moulting into adult plumage, left, with a female on the right
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

Lateral view of an immature male Hooded Parrot moulting into adult plumage
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

Lateral/ventral view of an immature male Hooded Parrot moulting into adult plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2020]

Near-dorsal view of an immature male Hooded Parrot moulting into adult plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

Family of Hooded Parrots on the ground - female in front, male at centre, juveniles behind (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Hooded Parrot looking at the observer; note the horn-coloured bill (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Hooded Parrot foraging in recently burnt dry grassland
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a juvenile Hooded Parrot looking at the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Pine Creek, NT, June 2023]

Behaviour

The Hooded Parrot is one of only two remaining extant species that are known to nest in termite mounds. The other is the Golden-shouldered Parrot in northern QLD. The former third species, the Paradise Parrot, is presumed extinct.

We have observed three Hooded Parrots busying themselves around a termite mound, but could not find a nesting hollow
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

Food, Diet

Hooded Parrots are primarily seed-eaters.

Close-up near-dorsal view of a female Hooded Parrot feeding on grass seeds (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Pine Creek, NT, March 2021]

Hooded Parrots feeding on grass seeds - male at the centre, female in front and juvenile at the back
(photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

Two immature Hooded Parrots moulting into adult plumage drinking from a waterhole; male on the right, female on the left (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

hoodpar_20140818_2.m4a (Pine Creek, NT) Contact call? (female) © MD
hoodpar_20140818.m4a (Pine Creek, NT) Contact calls? (females) © MD
hoodpar_pb_20210320.m4a (Pine Creek, NT) Various © PB

More Hooded Parrot sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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