Dusky-headed Parakeet

Aratinga weddellii

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

African and New World Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4

Non AOU

Code 6

Non AOU

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2 - 6



Incubation Days:

21 - 23



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In tree cavity.



Nest Material:

No nest materials.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Dusky-headed Parakeet: Medium-sized parakeet, mostly green with gray head, white eye-ring, and yellow-green belly. Tail is blue above and black below. Hooked bill is black, feet are gray, and eyes are yellow. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is duller. There is a blue variation of this parakeet as well as the normal green type.

Range and Habitat

Dusky-headed Parakeet: Commonly found in the western Amazon River Basin in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. Prefers varzea forest and tall trees in swamps, but also occurs in cleared areas and plantations. Species has been introduced and established in limited regions of central and southern Florida.

Breeding and Nesting

Dusky-headed Parakeet: Two to six white eggs are laid in a dead tree cavity or arboreal termite mound; no material is added to the nest. Incubation ranges from 21 to 23 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Dusky-headed Parakeet: Feeds on palm fruit, flowers, and insects; forages in trees and on the ground.

Vocalization

Dusky-headed Parakeet: In the wild, they usually only make sound while flying, and are usually quiet while feeding. These birds are most noisy in the morning and not so raucous as other parrots.

Similar Species

Dusky-headed Parakeet: None in range.

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