Nonnatives - Black-headed Parrot

Black-headed Parrot - Pionites melanocephala


Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1993

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species have populations whose status is unknown.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives:  Members of the parrot family carry Newcastle disease, identified in 1971, which can infect native songbirds, game birds, domestic chickens and turkeys, and other exotic bird species. The native bird species can be infected by smuggled exotic birds and birds not properly quarantined that are released into the wild.  This species also breeds in cavities which might limit the number available to native cavity nesters.

Species Account: Native to northern South America.


County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Dade 1993   Not reported breeding 1 near Miami-Dade Airport


Pranty, B. 1994d. Field observations [fall report: August-November 1993]. Florida Field Naturalist 22:57-68.

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