Family African and New World Parrots
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.
A medium-small parakeet from tropical South America, native to the western part of the Amazon Basin. Commonly kept as a cagebird, and escapees from activity are sometimes seen around cities in southern Florida and occasionally elsewhere.


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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