Mitred Parakeet

Psittacara mitratus

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

African and New World Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4

MIPA

Code 6

ARAMIT

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mitred Parakeet has a large range, estimated globally at 250,000 square kilometers. Native to Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest and shrubland ecosystems, though it sometimes resides in degraded former forests as well. The global population of this bird has not been precisely determined, but does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mitred Parakeet is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Mitred Parakeet: This fairly large green parakeet has a red forehead grading into scattered bright red feathers on the crown, face, cheek, and at times on the bend in the wing. Its dull green underparts are faintly washed olive, the hooked bill is dull yellow, and the legs and feet are gray. It feeds on fruits, berries and nuts. It has a fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Mitred Parakeet: In its native range occurs in mountain valleys in a narrow band from southern Peru to northern Argentina. Populations of escaped birds also established in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, and south Florida. Prefers dry subtropical forest, but also uses cultivated areas and grasslands with scattered trees. Frequently found near rocky cliffs.

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Mitred Parakeet SONGS AND CALLS

Mitred Parakeet H1

Typical calls.

Mitred Parakeet E1

Call is a loud screeching "cheeah cheeah."

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Weee weee", "cheeah cheeah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Mitred Parakeet is social and typically seen in small flocks, but may gather in groups of up to 100 outside the breeding period. Rarely, flocks of up to 2000 may gather at roosting places.
  • The taxonomy has recently undergone significant changes with the description of two new subspecies, and the proposed elevation of the taxon alticola, traditionally considered a subspecies, to species status; the Chapman's Parakeet.
  • A group of parakeets is collectively known as a "chatter" and a "flock" of parakeets.
  • Popular as a pet, they are considered outgoing and playful. They are even used as "watch birds", given their loud, piercing alarm call.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X