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Andean Parakeet

 (Bolborhynchus orbygnesius)
 
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The Andean Parakeet nests in burrows in steep banks.

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Species Profile

Genus: Bolborhynchus | Species: orbygnesius

Size:

17cm (6.63 in)

Weight:

Not recorded.

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults green in general; yellow tinge to forehead and lores, less evident in female; blue/green greater underwing coverts and undersides of flight feathers. Bill pale yellow/green with grey at base. Eye dark brown.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but with shorter tail.

Call:

Calls made in flight are chattering and rapid notes. Alarm calls are heard as rolling rrueet-ee, rrueet-ee.

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More Information:

Avibase

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Birds of the World
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Lexicon of Parrots, Thomas Arndt.
ML Media Collection Catalogue 26509, Andean Parakeet (Bolborhynchus orbygnesius), Isler, Phyllis, Cuzco, Peru, Jan. 11 1982, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site

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Wild Andean Parakeets
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Did You Know?

The Andean Parakeet nests in burrows in steep banks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolborhynchus orbygnesius

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Colony type housing in spacious indoor or outdoor (if in warm climate) aviary 5 x 3 x 2m (16.4 x 9.84 x 6.56 ft).

Diet:

Seed mix such as: millet, canary, hemp, oats and niger; wild bird food; fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, dried mountain ash berries, pomegranate, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion, chickweed, sowthistle; vitamin C and other supplements; eggfood for rearing; complete kibble if taken.

Enrichment:

Provide fresh, unsprayed branches with buds for chewing, plenty of perches.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 8" x 8" x 12" (20.3cm x 20.3cm x 30.5cm)

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

23 days

Fledging Age:

6-7 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Andean Parakeets
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Did You Know?

The Andean Parakeet nests in burrows in steep banks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolborhynchus orbygnesius

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present; population stable.

Range:

N Peru to CW Bolivia.

Habitat:

Found from 3000-4000m (9840-13,120ft) in semi-arid upland woods in subtropical and temperate zones including drier cloud forests, bushy habitats in ravines in open country, elfin woodland at edge of paramo and grassy slopes with bromeliads and scattered woodland patches. May also visit rural areas and farmland.

Wild Diet:

Diet consists of seeds, fruits and berries, taken in bushes, bamboo, leguminous trees and on the ground.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious; seen in pairs, small groups and occasionally large flocks of over 300 birds. Feeds in bamboo, brambles and leguminaceous trees. Forages in vegetation or on the ground.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 eggs

Breeding Season:

Possibly a cliff bank nest; no other information.

Related Links:

Research: First documented record of Andean Parakeet in Argentina roosting communally in a stick nest

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Wild Andean Parakeets
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Did You Know?

The Andean Parakeet nests in burrows in steep banks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolborhynchus orbygnesius

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