Also known as: Golden-plumed Parakeet
Genus: Leptopsittaca | Species: branickii
35cm (13.6 in)
Races including nominate:
Both adults green in colour, yellowish on underparts, and washed with orange on abdomen; frontal band reaching to orange lores; orange band meeting yellow line beneath eye and reaching back to form tuft of elongated feathers reaching past ear coverts; green tail washed with red. Bill dark grey. Eye ring bare and grey/white. Eye orange.
As in adults.
Calls are described as loud and shrill, in flight or perched. Continuous chatter indicates presence of feeding group.Listen Now
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Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 78973, Golden-plumed Parakeet Leptopsittaca branickii, Robbins, Mark, Ecuador, Nov. 4 1992, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Not found in captivity.
Nest Box Size:
Species Wild Status
IUCN Red List Status:
This species is affected by habitat loss and degradation, which has been considerable throughout its range, with 90-93% of mountain forest lost in Colombia; less in Peru. Also trapped as an agricultural pest and for pet trade.
Scattered throughout patchy ranges in Andes highlands of all three ranges in Colombia; also Ecuador to S Peru.
Found from 2400-3400m (7872-11,152 ft) in temperate forest, elfin woodland, cloud forest and treeline shrubbery.
Feeds on Podocarpus cone seeds, other seeds, Ficus and maize.
Ecology and Behaviour:
Generally seen in flocks outside the breeding season. Birds make daily altitudinal movements, upland, then returning to lower forests to roost. Noisy and conspicuous. Highly active and always on the move.
Clutch and Egg Size:
No information for this species
February, Colombia; August, Ecuador.
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