Nanday Parakeet
Aratinga nenday

At a Glance

Recognized by its black head (and formerly called Black-hooded Parakeet), this species was originally found in the central interior of South America, from southern Brazil to northern Argentina. It has been popular in the cage bird trade, and Nanday Parakeets escaped from captivity have established large feral populations around Los Angeles, in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, and along Florida's southeastern coast. Smaller numbers are seen elsewhere, including other parts of Florida and near Phoenix, Arizona.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Fields, Meadows, and Grasslands, Forests and Woodlands, Urban and Suburban Habitats
Direct Flight

Range & Identification


13" (33 cm). A large parakeet with a long, pointed tail. Mostly bright green, with black on the crown, face, and throat, and a black bill. Touches of blue on the chest, wings, and tail, and a red patch near the base of each leg, are not always noticeable.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Wing Shape
Pointed, Tapered
Tail Shape
Long, Pointed

Songs and Calls

Very loud repetitive screeching - kree-ah...kree-ah. Grating chatter when perched; in flight a piercing, high-pitched call followed by 3 or 4 much lower, abrupt klaak! calls.