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The Hawk Headed Parrot

A unique and loyal friend

The Hawk Headed Parrot is a unique pet bird much like the Caique.

Hawk-heads are unique looking because they are able to raise the feathers on their head and the nape of their neck to look bigger and more intimidating (much like a hawk).

hawk headed parrot

Hawk-heads are great pets that are loyal, curious, affectionate, entertaining, playful, and comical. However, they can also be shy, moody, and even nippy, so they do need a more experienced bird owner. They can make good family pets, but usually only if they are well socialized and hand-fed.

Hawk-heads tend to go through a stage where they try to intimidate you. They may hang upside down and look like they are going to strike, but tap you with their beak instead.If you let your Hawk-head do this, then it may lead to biting. They need clear and consistent boundaries.

Fast Facts
Name Hawk-Headed Parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus)
Origin Amazon Basin
Size 12-15 in., 250-350 grams
Owner They need a more experienced bird owner.
Average Cost $1,200-1,800
Lifespan 40 years
Noise Moderate–They can be loud with a call much like a seagull. They are better suited for living in a house.
Qualities Loyal, curious, affectionate, entertaining, playful, comical, can be shy, moody and nippy, clownish, play hard, some like to roll around on their backs while they play, try to intimidate you, need clear boundaries, outgoing, active, can be a good family bird if well socialized.
Abilities Good–They can be good talkers with a good vocabulary.
Interaction/Time Requirements They should be handled daily and well socialized with other people to keep from becoming nippy.
Diet They need a diet for large birds.
Supplies Needed They need supplies for large birds.
See How Hawk-Headed Parrots Compare to Other Types of Pet Birds!


Hawk-Head Videos
“Monty is a Hawk-Headed Parrot”

Video by themorningbelle
This video features Monty, a Hawk-Headed parrot, playing around on his cage. This video is a great example of how active, comical, and affectionate Hawk-Heads can be. They really are great companions. 

“Loki the hawkhead talks”

Video by LokiLuv Hawk-Heads can also be good talkers, though many people say that most aren’t. This video is of Loki, a Hawk-Headed Parrot, talking the shower. It also has subtitles so you can learn to speak Hawk-Head! 


Hawk-Head Training
parrot-trainingHawk-Headed parrots can be very aggressive at times, so it is important to train them correctly right from the beginning. They need to be taught clear boundaries so they will learn not to bite. Hawk-Heads can be fantastic companions. They are caring, loving, and they can become very attached. However, if not properly trained, they can become biters very quickly.

For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Hawk-Headed parrot. Whether your Hawk-Head is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about parrots and how he can help you train yours.

Below is one of Chet’s videos that covers the first step to stopping your parrot’s biting. This technique is perfect for Hawk-Headed parrots. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is only the first step in getting your bird to stop biting. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your Hawk-Head even further.

For more information about Chet’s course, you can visit the Bird Tricks webpage here.


Hawk-Head Education


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