At a Glance
The natural range of this well-named parakeet is in Mexico and northern Central America, and its northern limit extends practically to the Texas border. That could help to explain why the species has done so well in the lower Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas in recent years. Green Parakeets escaped from captivity have established feral populations around several of the southernmost Texas cities, and flocks of hundreds can be seen flying around some residential neighborhoods. These flocks may include some wild birds that have strayed across the border from Mexico. Away from southern Texas, escaped individuals may be seen free-flying in practically any warm climate on occasion.
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.
Forests and Woodlands, Shrublands, Savannas, and Thickets, Urban and Suburban Habitats
Range & Identification
12 1/2" (32cm) A fairly large parakeet with a long, pointed tail. Essentially shades of green all over, sometimes with a few scattered red or orange feathers on head.
About the size of a Crow
Songs and Calls
A rolling, grating, high-pitched chatter.
Chirp/Chip, Raucous, Scream
Native populations in tropical and subtropical woodlands, farmlands, and plantations; feral US populations in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas.
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