Parrot of lowland rainforest; usually looks dark and long-tailed at a distance. At close range, easily told by white crown and diagnostic red-and-blue “fan,” which is usually held flat against the neck but may be extended when birds are excited. Distinctive flapping-and-gliding flight style is unique among Amazonian parrots. Often observed foraging in small groups or perched on bare branches along edges of clearings and along rivers. Most common call a stuttering, grating screech, somewhat similar to Black-headed and White-bellied parrots.
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