P Is For Parrot: Birds That Start With P

Do you know your parrot from your peacock? There are thousands of impressive bird species living on our planet.

P Is For Parrot: Birds That Start With P

And many of these birds surprisingly start with the letter P. We take a closer look at our favorite birds beginning with the letter P.

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra Avosetta)

Just like most avocets, pied avocets are migratory birds, and they only settle for a short time when they are breeding in the regions from Central Asia to the Palearctic.

However, most of the time, they spend winters in Southern Asia and Africa where they live near lakes and brackish water.

Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola Enucleator)

Unlike avocets, pine grosbeak only migrate during some parts of their lives.

They typically inhabit areas around Canada, subarctic regions and the Western mountains of the USA.

As their name suggests, pine grosbeak breed in coniferous forests.

They stay there most of the year, although it has been found that some animals also travel further South in the cooler months.

Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis Sinuatus)

While their name is a little cryptic (and difficult to pronounce), Pyrrhuloxias are North American passerine songbirds.

You can spot them in Northern Mexico, all the way to the South West.

These birds usually live in small woodland areas, desert shrubs and  even mesquite thickets.

That’s why, they are also often called “Desert Cardinals”.

Pied Crow (Corvus Albus)

Pied crows look somewhat different from their cousins, black crows. Pied crows have black and white feathers, although their bills, tails and wings are black.

These birds inhabit most countries on the African continent where they live near towns and villages. They are well-known for seeking the presence of people.

P Is For Parrot: Birds That Start With P

Purple Martin (Progne Subis)

Another migratory bird species, purple martins spend the winter in the regions of South America.

Despite their name, the plumage of purple martins is not purple but it looks rather blue-black with an iridescent appearance.

Purple martins display sexual dimorphism where females have a dark upper part with some blue, while adult males are fully black with only a small bluish sheen.

Pheasant Cuckoo (Dromococcyx Phasianellus)

Pheasant Cuckoos live in neotropical zones around South and Central America. These large birds have an extremely long tail.

They feed on grasshoppers, beetles, lizards, cicadas and even some nestlings.

Pacific Loon (Gavia Pacifica)

Pacific Loons are migratory seabirds that spend their winters around the Pacific coast of North America, and they breed in tundra lakes in Northern Canada and Siberia.

What’s interesting about these birds is that their feet are a little further back on their bodies.

This makes them excellent swimmers but it also means that they cannot take off the ground.

Piping Plover (Charadrius Melodus)

Piping plovers are often recognized by their orange colored bills and sandy-looking plumage. 

These migratory birds live on the beaches and rocky shores of North America during the summer, and then migrate to the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico during the winter months.

Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax Semitorquatus)

Pygmy falcons are surprisingly small raptors that inhabit the Southern and Eastern zones of Africa.

In fact, they are the smallest predatory bird on the entire African continent.

These birds prefer semi-arid and arid environments with no ground cover and only a few larger trees around.

Pacific Screech-Owl (Megascops Cooperi)

These beautiful nocturnal birds are native to Central America and they enjoy living in swamps, mangroves and arid forests.

Similar to other screech owls, the Pacific screech owl has a large facial disk and prominent ear tufts.

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus Columba)

Pigeon guillemots have a medium-sized body that is perfectly adapted to living on the rocky outcrops of islands and coastal areas.

There is no visual distinction between the sexes of these birds, neither in size nor plumage.

Pelagic Cormorant (Urile Pelagicus)

Like most cormorant species, the Pelagic cormorant is a non-migratory waterbird that prefers to live and nest on the headlands and cliffs of the rocky coasts in North America.

These cormorants are fully black with a light sheen

Parakeet Auklet (Aethia Psittacula)

P Is For Parrot: Birds That Start With P

Endemic to the North Pacific regions, parakeet auklets are small seabirds that enjoy cliffs of offshore islands. That is also where they usually breed.

Painted Stork (Mycteria Leucocephala)

Painted storks can be found on the Indian subcontinent where they are well-known wader birds.

A painted stork is easily recognizable with its pink tertial feathers, and this is also the reason why these beautiful birds are nearly extinct.

Pinnated Bittern (Botaurus Pinnatus)

Pinnated bitterns are one of the largest bittern species. They live in the New World Tropics around Paraguay.

These birds are nocturnal, and they can be found near waterlogged depressions or freshwater areas, such as lakes or rivers.

Their muddy brown plumage with a white underside and brown spots is typical for bitterns.

Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus Thagus)

Found in Northern Peru and near the West coast of South America, the Peruvian pelican is a near-threatened bird species.

With its dark plumage and a single white stripe that runs from its bill to the top of its head, these birds stand out.

Peaceful Dove (Geopelia Placida)

We often consider doves as a symbol of peace, and that’s why it is little surprising that there is also a real peaceful dove.

These birds do not migrate and they stay all year round in the area of New Guinea and Australia.

There is no known sexual dimorphism between the different sexes of peaceful doves.

Both have checkered brown wings with a gray and pink chest.

Palm-Nut Vulture (Gypohierax Angolensis)

These large raptors can be found in the coastal across Africa, where they live mostly in mangrove swamps, wet savannas and coastal forests.

Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas Mayeri)

Despite its name, pink pigeons are not bright pink. Instead, they have a light grayish and pink hue across their plumage.

These pigeons live only on Mauritius where scientists try to save them from the brink of extinction.

Final Thoughts

There is such a large variety of birds that start with the letter P, from large vultures to tiny seabirds.

Olivia Kepner