Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Meet One of My Parrots 3

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I took this picture yesterday morning to share with you;


Male Hawk-headed (red fan) parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus, April 2008.

Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].

This species originates in the New World tropics; Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana and the extreme northwest portion of Brazil. This bird was captive-bred and was purchased for me by a friend. He was shipped to me by the breeder when he was only four and a half months old, so he was quite young when he arrived. Currently, he is getting ready to celebrate his one year birthday (24 May), so he is growing up! One of my readers suggested the name “Orpheus” after I mentioned on my blog that I like naming my birds for characters in Greek mythology. Even though my Orpheus is not a poet or singer as his namesake suggests, he is a tremendous talker! He also can get quite loud — louder than any of my other parrots, even though he is not the largest, physically, of the flock. His nickname is “Pipsqueek.” He is very camera-shy, so I was lucky to get this image to share with you.


  1. #1 biosparite
    May 1, 2008

    Superb photography of a very pretty bird. Wow! I see you also replaced your author photo under “Profile.”

  2. #2 Bob O'H
    May 1, 2008

    How is his demolition work coming on?

  3. #3 Karen
    May 1, 2008

    He’s beautiful. Thank him for us, for sitting still enough for the camera.

  4. #4 Jo Ann
    May 1, 2008

    He is a beautiful parrot. Thanks for the photo, and early Happy Birthday Orpheus!

  5. #5 billy
    December 5, 2008

    are they a good talking bird?

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