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Blue-crowned Parakeet

Thectocercus acuticaudatus

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.
Family African and New World Parrots
Habitat They are found in savannas, riparian woodlands and forest margins. Dense, rain forest such as along the Amazon does not seem to be preferred.
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.
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Eggs

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.



Nesting

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

Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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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.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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