Hawk-headed-parrot-1
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
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Genus:Deroptyus
Species:accipitrinus

In most classification systems, this northern South American bird is considered one of the most evolved of the 368 species of parrots throughout the world. It has a unique set of elongated red and blue feathers on the back of its head that can be raised into a head-dress like structure, so that another common name is “Red fan parrot”. Until the 1970s it was very rare in zoos, but is now frequently bred, including at the DWA.