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Black-headed parrot - closeup, Sani Lodge, Ecuador For some reason, this parrot is not even mentioned in the Ecuador birds app, although occasional reports exist.<br />
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Black-headed parrot - closeup, Sani Lodge, Ecuador

For some reason, this parrot is not even mentioned in the Ecuador birds app, although occasional reports exist.

Black-headed parrot, Sani Lodge, Ecuador For some reason, this parrot is not even mentioned in the Ecuador birds app, although occasional reports exist.<br />
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    comments (8)

  1. Great find!
    When you mention the Ecuador bird app, do you mean the Merlin pack? Because my birds of Ecuador guide has it?
    Posted 8 months ago, modified 8 months ago
    1. Thanks! I'm using this one:
      https://apps.apple.com/us/app/all-birds-ecuador-field-guide/id1104809018
      Posted 8 months ago
      1. How odd, I've got the digital version of the Ridgely and Greenfield guide and for this species they say "fairly common and conspicuous in lowlands of east".
        Well, no guide is ever perfect!
        Posted 8 months ago
        1. True, one other issue is the app I use is that the illustrations are terrible, often very misleading. Posted 8 months ago
          1. Unfortunately, the same is true of Ridgely & Greenfield. If you haven't tried them, the country packs that you can download for free on the Merlin app are really good, though they'll typically be missing a few dozen really rare species from a given country, and their maps are not terribly accurate. But the photos can be a very good complement to poor illustrations, and the recordings can be quite useful too (for instance, they're noticeably louder than the ones on the Peru birds app). Posted 8 months ago
            1. Thanks so much for the summary of that app. I hope I'll need it again one day :) Posted 8 months ago
              1. You can get bird pack for most countries - there's one that you could use in the Netherlands! Posted 8 months ago
                1. I barely do birding in the Netherlands, but it's still good to know, thanks! Posted 8 months ago

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The black-headed parrot, also known as the black-headed caique, black-capped parrot or pallid parrot, is one of the two species in the genus ''Pionites'' of the family Psittacidae; the other species being the allopatric white-bellied parrot.

Similar species: Parrots
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Mar 11, 2022. Captured Nov 16, 2021 06:54 in 67C6X698+22.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/8.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO1100
  • 550mm