The Hawk-headed Parrot is a beautiful bird. The male and female have a white fore crown and a brown throat with white streaks. The base of their neck is red edged with blue. The hawk-heads breast and belly are red and edged with blue. Their back, wings and tail are green. The underside of their tale is black.
- When the hawk-head becomes alarmed or feels defensive, their nape feathers raise to form a fan.
- The adults can be very aggressive when defending their territory. The hawk-heads tend to be unpredictable. In captivity the juveniles are more even tempered.