White-winged Parakeet

Brotogeris versicolurus

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

African and New World Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4

WWPA

Code 6

BROVER

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

5



Incubation Days:

26



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In tree cavity.



Nest Material:

No material added to nest.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

White-winged Parakeet: A medium-sized parakeet, green overall with yellow-and-white wing patches, and pale, teardrop-shaped eye-ring. Green tail is long and pointed. Hooked bill varies in color from yellow-pink to olive-brown. Legs and feet are pink-gray. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

White-winged Parakeet: Native of South America but introduced to California and Florida in 1960’s and 1970’s, where feral populations became established from released and escaped birds. Populations are declining slowly and today only a few individuals occur in California and Miami. Found in urban and suburban areas including parklands with tropical plantings.

Breeding and Nesting

White-winged Parakeet: Five white eggs are laid in a palm tree cavity with no nesting material added. Female incubates eggs for 26 days; male enters the nest to bring food and sleep at night. Young stay in nest for about 6 weeks and are fed by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

White-winged Parakeet: Eats seeds, berries, fruits, blossoms, and buds. Forages high in trees, but readily descends to within 6 feet of the ground to forage in low trees; occasionally drops to the ground under bird feeders.

Readily Eats

Berries, Fruit, Seeds, Blossoms

Vocalization

White-winged Parakeet: Garrulous bird. Produces several loud, raucous calls. In flight and during social interactions gives a rapid repetition of shrieking metallic notes. Produces low muttering sounds when feeding. As with many other parakeets and parrots, White-winged Parakeets can learn to imitate human whistles and speech.

Similar Species

White-winged Parakeet: Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, also found in south Florida, lacks white wing patches.

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