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Cactus Conure  

Also Known As: Cactus Parakeet

Cactus Conure (Aratinga cactorum) sitting on top of cactus

Credit: © Luiz Claudio Marigo |


Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
25cm (9.75 in) 75-90g (2.6-3.1 oz)

Races including nominate:
two: A.c.cactorum, A.c. caixana

Colourization Adult: A.c. cactorum: both adults in general yellow/green; pale brown crown; brown face and upper breast; orange/yellow lower breast and abdomen; green tail tipped with blue. Bill horn coloured. Eye ring bare and white. Eye orange. A.c. caixana: both adults as in cactorum, but paler green body colour; buff/brown throat and breast; abdomen in centre less orange and more yellow.

Colourization Juvenile: Green crown, brown tinge minimal or absent; olive breast and abdomen, with orange tips to some feathers. Eye brown.

Call: Calls made in flight are strident notes, repeated in short bursts between pauses. Softer notes when feeding.

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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots

Pet Education


BirdLife International

Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 35701, Cactus Parakeet Aratinga cactorum, Parker, Theodore A., III, Bahia, Brazil, Nov. 17 1985, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.