|Scaly-headed Parrot Pionus
Brazilian name: maitaca-verde
The Scaly-headed Parrot is found in eastern and central Brazil and into adjacent areas of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. There is a distribution map on NatureServe.
|It inhabits a variety of
habitats from dryish woodland, caatinga and chaco to the north
and west of its range to more humid forest in south-east Brazil.
In general it prefers drier habitat than the similar Blue-headed
Parrot Pionus menstruus.
It is medium-sized at 27 cm. (11") with a short, square-ended tail. Salient points are the scaled effect on the head, dark blue throat and upper breast and red on the undertail coverts.
|The specific name comes from the German collector Maximilian Alexander Philip Prince zu Wied-Neuweid who collected in Brazil from 1815 to 1817.|
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