Adult red fan (hawk-headed) parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus.
(Adults of both sexes are distinguished from juveniles
by the creamy white spot on the forehead
and the orange ring around the pupil of the eye.
The skin around the eye darkens in adults if
the birds are exposed to sunlight).
Image: Dale R. Thompson.
As you probably remember, about six weeks ago, a reader got me a young, newly-weaned hawk-headed parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus, for a pet. I preferred not to name this bird until after I knew what sex s/he was, but I had chosen two names, one for each sex. Those names were Persephone for a female or (thanks to a reader) Orpheus for a male. So, I learned the bird’s sex today, and my new bird’s name is ..
the bird has also grown into the nickname, “pipsqueek”.