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Golden-winged Parakeet

 (Brotogeris chrysoptera)

Also known as: Golden-fronted or Tuipara Parakeet (B.c. tuipara), Rio Negro Parakeet (B.c. tenuifrons)

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Golden-winged Parakeet perching
© Luiz Claudio Marigo | http://www.lcmarigo.com.br/ingles/index.htm

Did You Know?

The Golden-winged Parakeet has been observed feeding on algae and thiarid snails from freshwater when water levels are low in the dry season.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris chrysoptera

Species Profile

Genus: Brotogeris | Species: chrysoptera

Size:

16cm (6.2 in)

Weight:

64-80g (2.2-2.8 oz)

Races including nominate:

five: B.c. chrysoptera, B.c. tuipara, B.c. chrysosema, B.c. solimoensis, B.c. tenuifrons

Colourization Adult:

B.c. chrysoptera: Both adults in general yellow/green; frontal band black/brown; chin orange/brown; orange primary coverts. Bill horn coloured. Eye ring bare and white. Eye dark brown.
B.c. tuipara: Both adults orange thin frontal band and chin spot; side tail feathers edged with yellow.
B.c. chrysosema: Both adults yellow/orange forehead and lores; chin spot orange; yellow primary coverts; larger in size.
B.c. solimoensis: Both adults as in chrysopterus, but frontal band paler and red/brown; chin spot yellow/brown.
B.c. tenuifrons: Both adults as in tuipara, but with orange frontal band minimal or absent.

Colourization Juvenile:

B.c. chrysoptera: As in adults but duller; green primary coverts. Upper mandible brown.

Call:

Flight calls harsh and scratchy notes repeated quickly up to six times. Also high pitched notes and softer, babbling sounds.

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More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 126886, Golden-winged Parakeet Brotogerius chrysoptera, Marantz, Curtis, Mato Grosso, Brazil, Aug. 26 2005, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Golden-winged Parakeet perching
© Luiz Claudio Marigo | http://www.lcmarigo.com.br/ingles/index.htm

Did You Know?

The Golden-winged Parakeet has been observed feeding on algae and thiarid snails from freshwater when water levels are low in the dry season.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris chrysoptera

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon in captivity.

Longevity:

20+ yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended cage, minimum length 2m (6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, banana, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate, forming about 30 percent of diet; vegetables (if taken) such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: canary, millet, and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and hemp; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses; boiled maize; limited cubed hard cheese; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Occasional bathers. Provide bird-safe chew materials (unsprayed branches, pine cones, fir and elder stems). Also wooden and vegetable tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

Provide several nest boxes. Diameter 6-7" (15.2-17.8cm).

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

Probably 24 days.

Fledging Age:

Probably 7 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Golden-winged Parakeet perching
© Luiz Claudio Marigo | http://www.lcmarigo.com.br/ingles/index.htm

Did You Know?

The Golden-winged Parakeet has been observed feeding on algae and thiarid snails from freshwater when water levels are low in the dry season.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris chrysoptera

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Some threat locally due to deforestation.

Range:

B.c. chrysoptera: Guianas, E Venezuela, and north of Amazon River in N Brazil, from Roraima east to Amapa.
B.c. tuipara: N Brazil, south of Amazon River in Para to NE Maranhao.
B.c. chrysosema: Rio Madeira and tributaries in Amazonas and N Mato Grosso, N Brazil.
B.c. solimoensis: Upper Amazon River in Codajas and Manaus districts, Amazonas, N Brazil.
B.c. tenuifrons: Upper Rio Negro at Santa Isabel and confluence of Rio Cauaburi, Amazonas, N Brazil.

Habitat:

Reported up to 1200m (3936 ft) in cloud forest in Venezuela, however, mainly seen in lowland rainforest and Surinam savannas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on nectar from flowers, fruits, figs, berries and seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Social; found in small flocks of 8-16 birds outside of breeding season. Also seen in larger groups of up to 100 on fruiting trees. Roosts communally in tree cavities or arboreal termitaria (tree-bound termite nests).

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 eggs, 23.0 x 18.0mm (0.9 x 0.7 in)

Breeding Season:

November, February and April.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Neotropical Unit

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Golden-winged Parakeet perching
© Luiz Claudio Marigo | http://www.lcmarigo.com.br/ingles/index.htm

Did You Know?

The Golden-winged Parakeet has been observed feeding on algae and thiarid snails from freshwater when water levels are low in the dry season.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris chrysoptera

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