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Tui Parakeet  

Also Known As: Santarem Parakeet

Tui Parakeet feeding

Credit: © Luiz Claudio Marigo |

Did You Know?
The Tui Parakeet, along with other Brotogeris species, is an arboreal termitarium nester. This means it nests in termite mounds in trees.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
17cm (6.6 in) 58g (2 oz)

Races including nominate:
two: B.s. sanctithomae, B.s. takatsukasae

Colourization Adult: B.s. sanctithomae: both adults in general yellow/green; yellow forehead, lores and forecrown. Bill dark orange/brown. Eye ring bare and pale grey. Eye yellow. B.s. takatsukasae: both adults as in sanctithomae, but with yellow streak behind eye to ear coverts.

Colourization Juvenile: B.s. sanctithomae: as in adults, but with darker brown bill. Eye dark grey.

Call: Calls made in flight are rapid and repetitious screeking. Chatter of entire flock is reminiscent of Budgerigars.

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Content Sources:

Central Pets

Article "The Grey-cheeked Parakeet and Its Family," by Robbie Harris

Lexicon of Parrots

BirdLife International


ML Media Collection Catalogue 34272, Tui Parakeet Brotogeris sanctithomae, Parker, Theodore A., III, Loreto, Peru, Jan. 20 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.