Red fan Parrot
Deroptyus accipitrinus

Deroptyus accipitrinus
National Zoo - Washington DC

35 a 41 cm.. height and between 190 and 277 g. of weight.

The Red fan Parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus) is unmistakable for its showy colours. Has the forecrown and crown yellowish white, fading is back to Brown with striped pale in the part back from the neck and a bordered of feathers elongated in form of collar of color red Bordeaux in its base and blue bright in the tips; lores brown; cheeks, throat, sides neck and supercilii area, brown, strongly striped with shades yellow.

The upperparts are green. The under wing-coverts medium-sized and small are green; primary coverts of color blue dark dark. Primaries blackish, secondaries Green with dark tips. Under, the wings green, flight feather blackish. Sides of chest and belly green; Center of the chest and the belly red Bordeaux with blue tips, creating an effect bleached blue and Red, sometimes with a little bit of green, especially in the part superior of the chest; the thighs and undertail-coverts green. Upper, the tail green with blue tips, outer feathers with blue in the outerweb and Red hidden in the base of the innerwebs; undertail, the tail black. Bill blackish, paler at the tip; cere black; yellow the irises; legs dark grey.

It is not possible to determine the sex safely by their appearance.

Immature has lower mandible of color Horn and a rainbow Brown warm.

  • Sound of the Red fan Parrot.
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Description 2 subspecies

  • Deroptyus accipitrinus accipitrinus

    (Linnaeus, 1758) – Nominal. With the forecrown whitish.

  • Deroptyus accipitrinus fuscifrons

    (Hellmayr, 1905) – With the forecrown dark brown.


The Red fan Parrot living in the jungle tropical of land low, preferring the formations of land firm, including the ground slightly wavy or of the hills (perhaps due to a greater diversity of plants of which is fed). Apparently prevents them forests and marshes, edge of forest and clear, but there is a report of birds in forest flooded in the drainage of River Morona, Peru, and feeds mainly on riverine forests in Venezuela. Only comes to them 400 meters in the southeast of Colombia and a 200 metres in Venezuela.

Not is very gregarious, are distributed in pairs or small groups of 3-4. On rare occasions, until 10. The aggregations prior to it breeds seem to break is in couples or trios to the home of the nesting. Rest in the cups give the trees in small groups (Perhaps alone in tree cavities). It feeds mainly in the canopy.

Not are very sociable. They show an appearance of Raptor, Deploying the feathers of the back of the head fan.


Nest in tree holes, including an old nest of Woody Woodpecker, for example of a Woodpecker grebes (Campephilus rubricollis). The rapid flapping of wings, followed of a mild decline of sliding, give a flight of display deep wavy during the period of breeding. Breeding March-June, Venezuela; January-March, Guiana; February-April, Suriname; December-February, Brazil. Clutch 2-3 in captivity.


Feeds of leaves and outbreaks of Bombacopsis, unripe fruits of Dialium, fruits of Euterpe, Attalea, fagifolia, Astrocaryum; Also takes Inga and guava in cultivated areas.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 4.240.000 km2

Discontinuous. Amazon, from the South of Venezuela to the northeast of Ecuador and Peru, the Guianas and Amazonia Brazil.

Distribution 2 subspecies:

  • Deroptyus accipitrinus accipitrinus

    (Linnaeus, 1758) – Nominal. From the South-East of Colombia a Venezuela, the Guianas; Northeast of Peru and North of Brazil.

  • Deroptyus accipitrinus fuscifrons

    (Hellmayr, 1905) – Brazil, to the South of the River Amazons (from For to the North of Mato Grosso) possibly Bolivia.


• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern.

• Population trend: Decreasing.

Justification of the population

The size of the world population It has not been quantified, but this species is described as “quite common” (Stotz et to the., 1996).

Justification of trend

It is suspected that this species has lost 24-31.3% of habitat suitable within their distribution during three generations (23 years) based on a model of Amazon deforestation (Soares-Filho et to the., 2006, Bird et to the., 2011). However, given the tolerance of the species to the effects of fragmentation / degradation / edges and / or the magnitude of the losses global, It is suspected that will decrease in <25% en tres generaciones.

Cacique parrot in captivity:

The Red fan Parrot or Parrot Hawk is a bird very Intelligent, playful and very beautiful. However and, Despite its undeniable appeal, It is not ideal to have captive species. Are extremely nervous and in occasions this is translated in that is start or bite them feathers or even can get to self-harm is.

Are parrots extremely noisy and have an exemplary inside House not seems too tolerable and Yes, a tough test for our patience.

Alternative names:

Red fan Parrot, Hawk-headed Parrot, Red-fan Parrot, Red-fen parrot (English).
Papegeai maillé, Perroquet accipitrin, Perroquet maillé, Perroquet papegai (French).
Fächerpapagei (German).
Anacã, curiba-bacabal, maracanã-guaçu, papagaio-de-coleira, vanaquiá (Portuguese).
Lora Gavilana, Loro Cacique, Quinaquina (Spanish).
Loro Cacique, Jia-Jia (Venezuela).

Carl Linnaeus
Carl Linnaeus

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Deroptyus
Scientific name: Deroptyus accipitrinus
Citation: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Protonimo: parrot accipitrinns

Images of parrot chieftain :


Red fan Parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus)

– Book parrots, Parrots and macaws Neotropical

– Photos: Dennis Avon, National Zoo - Washington DC,,

– Sounds: Roger Ahlman

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