black hooded parakeet

February 27, 2016 - Hooded Parrot, Hooded Parakeet, Black-hooded Parrot or Parakeet, Antbed Parrot or Parakeet, or Anthill Parrot or Parakeet (Psephotellus dissimilis)

These parrots are found in savanna woodlands and grasslands of northern Australia. They eat mostly grass seeds, berries, and other fruits, usually foraging on the ground. During the breeding season they spend much of their time in pairs or small flocks, joining large flocks of over 100 birds at other times of the year. Pairs nest in terrestrial termite mounds, digging long tunnels to the center where temperatures are stable. A particular species of moth (Trisyntopa neossophila) lays its eggs in the nests, timing it so that they will hatch along with the parrot chicks. The moth larvae eat waste in the nests, helping to keep them clean, and build their cocoons after the chicks have fledged.