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White-crowned Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, March, 2007
Pionus senilis


Mostly green with bluish neck including rear part, rear crown, and breast; white chin and front of head to middle of crown. Bluish flight feathers and most of tail, brownish smaller and median wing coverts visible on the sitting bird. Vent area red. Legs, feet, and bill whitish. Juvenile lacking bluish around head and has reduced white on crown.

Similar Species

Blue-headed Parrot overlaps with the southern part of its range.


Mexico to western Panama (Chiriqui).


This is a monotypic species.


Photo by Reini
Northern Costa Rica, at the Laguna del Lagarto Lodge (private rainforest)

Forests and edge, mostly humid forests.



This bird and other members of its genus have distinctive, deep wingbeats, quite different from an Amazona parrot.

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