Photo: Tom Friedel/Vireo

Dusky-headed Parakeet

Aratinga weddellii

11" (28 cm). Adult has two features that distinguish it from others of its kind: its large white orbital eye ring and its dull gray head. Sometimes a blue collar may be seen. The overall body color is green with dark blue outer secondary and primary feathers. In flight, from below, these appear black, and the under parts a lighter green to yellow. The bill is black and the iris are yellow. Gray legs. Like many in this family it is a social bird and may commonly be found in small groups or in flocks up to 100 birds.
Family Parrots and allies
Habitat Wooded habitats in the western Amazon Basin. It prefers semi-open habitats such as várzea ("flooded forests" in Portuguese, a low-lying, seasonally flooded region of the central Amazon), forest edges and forest remnants in open savannahs. It has also been found in coffee plantations.
11" (28 cm). Adult has two features that distinguish it from others of its kind: its large white orbital eye ring and its dull gray head. Sometimes a blue collar may be seen. The overall body color is green with dark blue outer secondary and primary feathers. In flight, from below, these appear black, and the under parts a lighter green to yellow. The bill is black and the iris are yellow. Gray legs. Like many in this family it is a social bird and may commonly be found in small groups or in flocks up to 100 birds.
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Nesting

Typically in a tree or in arboreal termite nests with no additional nesting material. Female incubates two to six white eggs for 21-23 days.

Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

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Songs and Calls
A nasal "kee-craaah"
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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