Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius) - Exotic birds | Pets

Posted by pets | 18 May 2015

- Purpureicephalus spurius

Red-capped Parrot


36 cm.. length and a weight between 105 and 156 g..

Red-capped Parrot

The Red-capped Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) has the top of the crown and the nape de color rojo carmín oscuro. The throat and the cheeks are yellowish-green, fusionándose ligeramente en amarillo en los lados del neck. The mantle muestra un color verde marino. The rump is bright yellow, que contrasta con las uppertail-coverts green. The wings covers are green, aunque las grandes coberteras se tiñen de azul en las plumas más externas.

The flight feather son negruzcas con un gran borde azul oscuro alrededor de la parte exterior de los bordes de las primaries. The bottom is blue, with the exception of the flight feather that are black. The feathers of the breast and the abdomen son de color azul-púrpura, volviéndose más pálido en la area anal.

The thighs and lower area of the tail tienen un hermoso color rojo. The lados inferiores tienen infiltradas algunas plumas verdes. Las grandes plumas centrales de la tail son verdes en la base, and bluish to the tip. Plumas laterales de la tail son oscuras en la base pero los colores se diluyen gradualmente a color azul claro en la parte media y luego a blanco en las puntas. The bottom of the tail es de color azul pálido con una terminación en color blanco.

The bill, formado por una upper mandible más alargada, is bluish grey. The iris is of color Brown dark and the legs Brown.

The female is more off than your partner. Cuenta con una crown de color verde y un breast brown. Muestra una barra transversal clara en la parte inferior de las wings, al nivel de las flight feather. Este motivo también está presente en los immature.

The immature they have the upperparts de color verde oscuro y una grupa de color amarillo más apagado que en los adultos. The thighs son de un colo rojo menos brillante. The breast es más marrón. The forehead está cubierta de plumas rojas que forman parte, in small scattered groups, de las plumas rojas de la crown. The adult plumage se adquiere en gran parte durante la primera muda y posteriormente se completa en la primera primavera.

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Los adultos emparejados son sedentary, Although noisy flocks of up to 20 young birds are often seen wandering in search of food.

The Red-capped Parrot they have a preference for the eucalyptus forest and specialized to feed on seeds MARRI their elongated upper jaw is adapted for eating plant big seeds. The Fruit Marri they are available throughout the year and provide the source of staple food. The Red-capped Parrot they can also be observed in gardens (where sometimes cause serious damage), peoples, wooded pastures and forest of mallee (Eucalyptus Gracilis), feeding also on strips of grass covering the roads.

Couples remain inconspicuous, While quietly feeding in the canopy, during the greater part of the day, Although they sometimes perch on Earth, in the clear, to feed on fallen fruit.


The nesting season is between between August and December.

During the courtship, the male raises its crest, the tail, It tilts its wings and emits loud calls. The ritual offerings of food are also common, feeding the male partner during the incubation period.

The spawning usually includes 5 eggs, but may vary from 3 to 9. These are white. The eggs are deposited on a layer of sawdust covering the bottom of a natural cavity of a eucalyptus marri, to a great height above the ground.

The incubation lasts a few 20 days. The male does not participate in feeding youngsters until they reach the age of 15 days. The flight of hatchlings produced approximately 5 weeks after hatching. The young remain in the family group for a short time after leaving the nest.


Apart from MARRI, These birds also feed on other eucalyptus, for example, Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata), casuarinas, (Grevillea, Hakea), and they have also been feeding on flowers and insects.


Tamaño del área de distribución (reproducción/residente): 126.000 km2

Confined to the southwest corner of Western Australia. The species is distributed around the Moore River to the North of Perth (occasionally in Dandaragan), through the leafy South-West corner, usually within 100 km from the coast, reaching the inside of Lake Grace in the East and Esperance on the South Coast. The Red-capped Parrot they are regularly observed in the outskirts of Perth, and are reproduced in the King ’ of Park in the center of the city. The species is common, especially in the forests of MARRI (eucalyptus calphylla).

The world's population is believed to be above 20.000.

Moderate in captivity numbers. It can be fired like a plague in a small number of areas.

• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Growing

The size of the world population It has not been quantified, Although the world's population is estimated at more of 20 000 specimens.
The species is described as quite common (pit et to the. 1997).

The number of aves en cautiverio parece ser bastante modesto. In some areas, This bird has no protection and can be shot down if it enters an area of intensive growth. Even so, the population It is suspected that puede estar aumentando.

As the degradation of the habitat is permanent, new areas of suitable habitat are being created.

In captivity:

It is a bird tímido y nervioso. They should not be housed with aggressive species. Pueden ser ruidosos sobre todo a primera hora, in the morning.
It is not common in captivity.

Una muestra vivió 15,3 years in captivity. In captivity, these animals have been able to play to the 2 years of age approximately.

Alternative names:

- Red-capped Parrot, Hookbill, King Parrot, Pileated Parakeet, Pileated Parrot, Purple-crowned Parrot, Red capped Parrot, Red-capped Parakeet, Western Australian King Parrot, Western Gray Parrot, Western Grey Parrot, Western King Parrot (ingles).
- Perruche à tête pourpre (francés).
- Kappensittich, Rotkappensittich (alemán).
- Periquito-cabeça-púrpura (portugués).
- Perico Capelo, Periquito de Birrete Rojo (español).

Scientific classification:

- Orden: Psittaciformes
- Familia: Psittaculidae
- Genus: Purpureicephalus
- Nombre científico: Purpureicephalus spurius
- Citation: (Kuhl, 1820)
- Protónimo: Psittacus spurius

Red-capped Parrot Images:


Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr
– Anage: The Animal Ageing and Longevity Database – Anagé entry for Purpureicephalus spurius


(1) – “Red-Capped-Parrot 0004 flat web“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.
(2) – A juvenile Red-capped Parrot at Earls Golf Club, Perth, Western Australia, Australia By Michael MK Khor [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – By Bill & Mark Bell – Flickr
(4) – By Bill & Mark Bell – Flickr
(5) – By Ralph Green – Red-capped Parrot juvenile – Flickr
(6) – Edward Lear [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Randy Moore (Xeno-canto)

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