At a Glance
This large, long-tailed parakeet is native to dry forest and scrubby habitats in several parts of South America. Birds escaped from captivity have established feral populations around several cities in southern Florida and coastal southern California.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman© 1996, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Fields, Meadows, and Grasslands, Forests and Woodlands, Urban and Suburban Habitats
Range & Identification
14-15" (37 cm). Large parakeet with long, pointed tail. Green all over with dull blue face and crown, dull pinkish bill, some red at base of tail.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Songs and Calls
With a reputation as one of the quieter parakeets, they will however engage in typical parakeet screaming and screeching. They are gifted mimics and in captivity are capable of mimicking human speech.
They are found in savannas, riparian woodlands and forest margins. Dense, rain forest such as along the Amazon does not seem to be preferred.
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Three to four white eggs are laid in a hole in a tree. After 26 days the eggs hatch and the chick will fledge in about 52 days.
Three to four white eggs are laid in a hole in a tree. After 26 days the eggs hatch and the chick will fledge in about 52 days