Green Parakeet

Psittacara holochlorus




African and New World Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4


Code 6



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2 - 5

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Tree cavities and rock crevices.

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Green Parakeet: Fairly large all green parakeet that 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. Sexes similar. Juvenile has brown iris.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Green Parakeet: Little known. Nests in tree cavities and old woodpeckers holes, also in rock crevices and other holes. Lays two to five white eggs that are incubated by the female while food is brought by the male.

Foraging and Feeding

Green Parakeet: Forages in flocks of 100 or more birds, sometimes gathering in larger numbers if food is plentiful. Eats a wide variety of seeds, nut, berries, and fruit.


Green Parakeet: Raucous, high-pitched shrieks "screek screek", also shrill chatter.

Similar Species

Green Parakeet: In the United States could be confused with escaped Mitred or Red-masked Parakeets, both of which show varying amounts of red on the head and wings. In Mexico could be confused with Aztec or Orange-fronted Parakeets, both of which are smaller and shorter tailed. The Pacific Parakeet in Mexico is virtually identical and may be a local form of the Green Parakeet.

The upper front part of a bird.
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Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
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