Brown-hooded Parrot (Pyrilia haematotis)

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The Brown-hooded Parrot (Pyrilia haematotis) is a small parrot which is a resident breeding species from southeastern Mexico to north-western Colombia. Until recently, it was placed in the genus Pionopsitta, which now is restricted to the type species, the Pileated Parrot. It is sometimes considered conspecific with the Rose-faced Parrot (P. pulchra). This species has been adversely affected by deforestation.

It is found in lowlands and foothills locally up to 1600 m altitude in forest canopy and edges, and adjacent semi-open woodland and second growth. The white eggs are laid in an unlined nest, usually a natural cavity in a tree.

Although their range extends from Mexico to northern Colombia, the easiest place to see this beautiful parrot is at Laguna del Lagarto Lodge in Costa Rica.  Use an award to Central America to get to San Jose, then the lodge has a shuttle to transfer you there.  It’s quite a remote area.


This species is presumed to have declined over much of its range due to deforestation, but it is still rated as “least concern” by IUCN.



World Parrot Trust


Cornell Lab of Ornithology