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Blue Headed Parrot - Singapore by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 80-400mm lens
@ 330mm

The Blue-headed Parrot, also known as the Blue-headed Pionus, is a medium large parrot. It is about 27 cm long and they are mainly green with a blue head and neck, and red under tail feathers.It is a resident bird in tropical and subtropical South America and southern Central America, from Costa Rica, Venezuela and Trinidad south to Bolivia and Brazil. It is named for its medium-blue head and neck.
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. The Blue-headed Parrot lays three to five white eggs in a tree cavity.
Blue-headed Parrots are noisy birds and make light, high-pitched squeaking sweenk calls. They eat fruit and seeds, and sometimes grain. They roost communally in palm and other trees, and large numbers can be seen at the roost sites at dawn and dusk.
Blue-headed Pionus parrots are popular as pets. Compared to other parrot species (Amazons for example) they are very quiet. They are affectionate, but not known for their talking ability

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Birgitta   †
    Birgitta †almost 3 years ago

    Good focus and bokeh, Ralph. Pretty bird. :)

  • Thank you Brigitta.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 3 years ago

    Looks like a Rainbow Lorikeet. It seems you did the same as me, went all the way to Singapore and photographed Aussie birds!

  • This is definitely not a Rainbow Lorikeet Damienne. We get hundreds of them in our backyard and I photograph them all the time and they are nothing like this bird. I would say it would have to be some sort of Lory but which one is the million dollar question.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • I did see some Rainbow Lorikeets Damienne but I didn’t take any shots of them as I could get better shots of them in my backyard in good light. Did you find the light very bad in there?

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 3 years ago

    Yes very difficult, particularly with the humidity – my lens was constantly fogging.

  • My lens was constantly fogging up too and and I missed a few shots because of it.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartalmost 3 years ago

    Hiya Ralph…My trusty friend, Mr Google, leads me to believe this is a Blue-headed Pionus.

  • You are spot on Meg, thank you so very much for that information. I sure do appreciate it very much.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Superbly captured i do enjoy your bird captures ralph.

  • Thanks so much Julie for the compliment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • MidnightMelody
    MidnightMelodyover 2 years ago

    I love its beatiful plumage!

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