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Hooded Parrot

(Psephotus dissimilis)
Alternate name(s): "Black-hooded Parakeet", "Anthill Parrot"
Size: 25-27 cm
Weight: 50-60 g
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
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

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

Dorsal view of a (possibly young) male Hooded Parrot
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

Pair of Hooded Parrots; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Hooded Parrot (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

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

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

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

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

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

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

Dorsal view of a juvenile Hooded Parrot foraging on the ground
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

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.

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

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