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Golden-plumed Conure

 (Leptopsittaca branickii)

Also known as: Golden-plumed Parakeet

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Species Profile

Genus: Leptopsittaca | Species: branickii

Size:

35cm (13.6 in)

Weight:

Not available

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults green in colour, yellowish on underparts, and washed with orange on abdomen; frontal band reaching to orange lores; orange band meeting yellow line beneath eye and reaching back to form tuft of elongated feathers reaching past ear coverts; green tail washed with red. Bill dark grey. Eye ring bare and grey/white. Eye orange.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults.

Call:

Calls are described as loud and shrill, in flight or perched. Continuous chatter indicates presence of feeding group.

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Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 78973, Golden-plumed Parakeet Leptopsittaca branickii, Robbins, Mark, Ecuador, Nov. 4 1992, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition

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Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Not available

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

Not available

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Species Wild Status

World Population:

2500-10,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species is affected by habitat loss and degradation, which has been considerable throughout its range, with 90-93% of mountain forest lost in Colombia; less in Peru. Also trapped as an agricultural pest and for pet trade.

Range:

Scattered throughout patchy ranges in Andes highlands of all three ranges in Colombia; also Ecuador to S Peru.

Habitat:

Found from 2400-3400m (7872-11,152 ft) in temperate forest, elfin woodland, cloud forest and treeline shrubbery.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on Podocarpus cone seeds, other seeds, Ficus and maize.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Generally seen in flocks outside the breeding season. Birds make daily altitudinal movements, upland, then returning to lower forests to roost. Noisy and conspicuous. Highly active and always on the move.

Clutch and Egg Size:

No information for this species

Breeding Season:

February, Colombia; August, Ecuador.

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Arkive
Cornell Neotropical Unit

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