Green Parakeet

Aratinga holochlora

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

Lories, Parakeets, Macaws and Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4

GREP

Code 6

ARAHOL

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Green Parakeet has a large range, estimated globally at 261,000 square kilometers. Native to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and even the southern part of Texas in the United States, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest or shrubland areas, though it has been known to reside in degraded former forests as well. The population has not been globally quantified, but is estimated to be experiencing decline at a rate too small to currently necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Because of this, the current evaluation status of the Green Parakeet is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Green Parakeet: Fairly large all green parakeet, may show scattered orange or red feathers on breast. In flight the underside of flight feathers show metallic yellow and there may be scattered yellow feathers on leading edge of wing. Swift dirct flight on rapid wing beats, often high above terrain.


Range and Habitat

Green Parakeet: Native to Central America, from Mexico to northern Nicaragua. Birds have established self-sustaining populations in south Texas. It is unclear whether this is a population of feral released birds or wild vagrants which have moved from Mexico. Usually non-migratory, but will move sometimes to take advantage of food supplies. Inhabit all kinds of forested habitats except rainforests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"screek screek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It is unclear if the US population of Green Parakeets are feral released birds or may be some wild vagrants which have moved north from Mexico.
  • This is the most northerly occurring Aratinga parakeet.
  • The Pacific Parakeet, formerly considered a distinct species, is now considered a subspecies.
  • A group of parakeets is collectively known as a "chatter" and a "flock" of parakeets.

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Gary Owen Dick

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Michael Oberhofer

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BreastX
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Flight feathersX
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