Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Parrot (Psephotellus dissimilis)


French: Perruche à capuchon noir German: Collettsittich Spanish: Perico capirotado

Psephotus dissimilis


, 1898,

Mary River, Northern Territory, Australia


Forms a species-group with P. chrysopterygius and †P. pulcherrimus; close to former, and in the past considered conspecific. Monotypic.


N Northern Territory, in N Australia.

Descriptive notes

26 cm; 50–60 g. Similar to P. chrysopterygius but with all-black crown from base of upper mandible, darker brown uppersides, larger and brighter yellow wing-... read more


Flight call is a melodious bubbling “chu-wheeh!”. Other calls include a short staccato “peet!” and... read more


Open woodlands and savanna grasslands with an abundance of terrestrial termitaria, most nests being... read more

Food and feeding

In early wet season seeds of perennial grasses (23 species of Poaceae) when available, otherwise seeds of herbaceous plants and annual... read more


Jan–Apr or May. Nest mainly in turreted termitaria. Eggs laid at 1·5–2·5 day intervals; average clutch size 4... read more


Birds were formerly recorded as wet season immigrants (Nov–Mar) to Melville I, but unclear if... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES I. Previously considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Decline of species since start of 20th century... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Hooded Parrot (Psephotellus dissimilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 December 2019).