A Caique with real character
I've had the pleasure on my travels to cross paths with this little Black-headed parrot who goes by the name of Cookie, a long time companion to a travel acquaintance in Pennsylvania.
He is a caique parrot - those belonging to genus Pionites, native to the Amazon region. Quite small and stocky and gorgeous plumage. Playful, energetic and with a distinct (and at times), very funny personality. This was a real eye opener for me, having had no experience with birds as companions and pets. I think he looks wonderful in this shot.
20 cm in length.
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.