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Echo Parakeet  

Also Known As: Mauritius Parakeet
 
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Lone Echo Parakeet hen

Credit: © Shane McPherson

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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 500 (2010).

Species Profile
Genus:
Psittacula

Species:
eques

Size: Adult Weight:
42 cm (16.4 in) 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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Content Sources:

Carl Jones in litt. 2005

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation http://www.mauritian-wildlife.org/

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1530&m=0

Arkive http://www.arkive.org/

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

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.