White-crowned

White-crowned parrot
Pionus senilis

Taxonomy

  • Scientific name:

    Pionus senilis

  • Family:

    Psittacidae

  • Genus:

    Pionus

  • Species:

    Senilis

  • Common names:

    White-crowned parrot

Biology

  • Morphology:

    At 24 cm long, it is the smallest of this species. The most notable is its white plumage in its front and crown. The body is greenish with brownish gold shoulders while feathers and tail are dark blue.

  • Reproduction:

    Build nests in cavities situated in tree knots or in hollow palm trunks. They lay 3 to 6 eggs and incubation takes about 26 days.

  • Diet:

    Feeds on different seeds and ripe palm fruit, corn and sorghum.

Ecology

  • Range:

    From east Mexico to west of Panama. Lives around coastal areas.

  • Habitat:

    Wet forest like tropical evergreen, but can be found locally in oak pine and low mountain forest.

Threats

  • Deforestation and pet trade

    Risk Category: IUCN Red List: Least concern