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Echo Parakeet

 (Psittacula eques)

Also known as: Mauritius Parakeet

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Adult male Echo Parakeet, Mauritius
© Dennis Hansen

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The Echo Parakeet differs from most Asian and African parakeets by being bright emerald green rather than olive green; also the most endangered with a world population of about 580.

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Species Profile

Genus: Psittacula | Species: eques

Size:

42 cm (16.4 in)

Weight:

167-193g (5.8-6.7 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-color generally emerald to grass green, with yellowish underparts and underwings. Black thin line from cere to eyes, broad moustache-like stripes on lower cheeks and chin out to sides of neck, and narrow black neck-stripes bordered by blue patches over ears and neck and below by pink lines going to hindneck.  Upper beak red, lower black. Eye pale yellow.  Female-plainer with all black beak, no head markings; shorter tail.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female, but tail short; bill coral/pink in very young individuals.

Call:

Low call cha-chaachaa at a rate of two notes/second interspersed with harsher notes.  High pitched call when excited or in flight.  Bark in alarm.  Also melodious purring or whistling.

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Video Links:

Video 1

Mauritius Wildlife Foundation

Content Sources:

Carl Jones in litt. 2005
Mauritius Wildlife Foundation
CITES
BirdLife International
Arkive
ML Media Collection Catalogue 167696 Echo Parakeet Psittacula echo, Erickson, Jon, Mauritius, June 4 2010, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
V. Tatayah in litt. 2012.

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Adult male Echo Parakeet, Mauritius
© Dennis Hansen

Did You Know?

The Echo Parakeet differs from most Asian and African parakeets by being bright emerald green rather than olive green; also the most endangered with a world population of about 580.

Programs & Projects

WPT has helped to save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula eques

Species Care

Captive Status:

Some captive breeding (hand-rearing) for re-introduction in the wild; otherwise not raised in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Gerald Durrell Endangered Wildlife Sanctuary (GDEWS).

Diet:

Birds at Plaine Lievre (field station used by Mauritian Wildlife Foundation in Black River Gorges Nat'l Park) are supplemented with Kaytee Exact pellets.

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Next hollows at least 50cm (19.5 in) deep and 20cm (7.8 in) wide.

Clutch Size:

1-4 eggs

Incubation Time:

21-25 days

Fledging Age:

8-9 weeks

Hatch Weight:

8.5g (0.2 oz)

Peak Weight:

150g (5.25 oz)

Weaning Weight:

130-160g (4.55-5.6 oz)

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Adult male Echo Parakeet, Mauritius
© Dennis Hansen

Did You Know?

The Echo Parakeet differs from most Asian and African parakeets by being bright emerald green rather than olive green; also the most endangered with a world population of about 580.

Programs & Projects

WPT has helped to save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula eques

Species Wild Status

World Population:

580

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

Severe deforestation and degradation of habitat, as well as introduced rats and crab-eating macaques, and the effects of disease and storms.

Range:

Found on Mauritius, formerly on Reunion.

Habitat:

Upland forest, lower-level scrub forest.

Wild Diet:

Relies solely on native plants; introduced plants not taken. Buds, young shoots, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, twigs, sap and bark.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Thought to favour communal roosting. Relies solely on native foods. Generally solitary or in pairs during breeding season.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2-3 eggs, 33.0 x 26.0mm (1.3 x 1 in).

Breeding Season:

Late September to early October start.

Related Links:

Durrell Wildlife.org
Wikipedia
Psittacula World

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Adult male Echo Parakeet, Mauritius
© Dennis Hansen

Did You Know?

The Echo Parakeet differs from most Asian and African parakeets by being bright emerald green rather than olive green; also the most endangered with a world population of about 580.

Programs & Projects

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Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula eques

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