Birds of Colombia

BLUE-HEADED PARROT
COTORRA CHEJA

[if gte mso 9]> <![endif] Also known as the blue-headed pionus is a medium-sized bird originated in the Amazonian region. It is very affectionate, but not too much is known for their talking ability. It is mainly green with a blue head, neck and upper breast, red undertail coverts, and some yellowish on the wing coverts. The upper mandible is black with reddish areas on both sides. It has dark ear patches. It molts into their adult plumage at about 8 months of age, but it can take up to two years for the full blue hood to emerge. Its habitat is forest and semi-open country, including cultivated areas. It is largely restricted to humid or semi-humid regions, but locally extends into drier habitats, at least along rivers. Blue-headed parrots are noisy birds. The blue-headed parrot lays 3 to 5 white eggs in a tree cavity. It eats fruit and seeds, and sometimes is considered as a pest because it feeds on maize, corn or sorghum.


Esta cotorra se encuentra en las selvas húmedas de tierras bajas. Tienen cabeza y pecho azul, y cobertoras auriculares negruzcas. Posee pico parduzco con base color rosa y área alrededor de sus ojos totalmente blanca. El cuerpo de esta cotorra es principalmente de color verde. Las plumas infracaudales y la parte inferior de la cola son de color rojo. Se la encuentra en las montañas hasta los 1500 m de altura. Es una ave muy amistosa pero no habla mucho. Nida en cavidades de árboles secos. Su nido tiene entre 3 a 5 huevos de color blanco. Incuba durante 26 días y sus polluelos pueden permanecer en el nido hasta los 70 días. Se alimenta de semillas de varios árboles tales como la guama (Inga), Ficus, Albizia, Erythrina y otros. En algunos lugares del país es una plaga porque se alimenta de cultivos de arroz, sorgo y maíz. 

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Blue-headed Parrot | Cotorra Cheja
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