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Horned Parakeet

 (Eunymphicus cornutus)

Also known as: Crested Parakeet

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Wild Horned Parakeet
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The Horned Parakeet is so named because of the two elongated feathers that are in the crown of its head; in the male they measure 3" and are longer and wider than in the female.

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Species Profile

Genus: Eunymphicus | Species: cornutus

Size:

32cm (12.5 in)

Weight:

140g (5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults yellow ear coverts and hindneck; red forehead and forecrown; black face and lores; black elongated crest feathers tipped with red; green/yellow rump; green tail washed with blue. Bill pale blue/grey tipped with black. Eye orange/red.

Colour Juvenile:

Markings on face grey and less extensive; black forehead and forecrown, the feathers tipped with red; pale green ear coverts. Bill horn in colour. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight are described as raucous and abrupt; chuckling notes while perched. Sharp shrieks when alarmed.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots, Forshaw, 2017.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi, Grajal, 2000.

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Wild Horned Parakeet
© Nick Athanas | Flickr

Did You Know?

The Horned Parakeet is so named because of the two elongated feathers that are in the crown of its head; in the male they measure 3" and are longer and wider than in the female.

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WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Eunymphicus cornutus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, oats, safflower and a little hemp; spray millet; limited sunflower seed, dry, soaked or sprouted; sprouted pulses such as mung beans, cooked butterbeans and lentils; boiled maize; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; vegetables such as: carrot, corn, celery, zucchini, squash, green beans and peas in the pod; fruits such as: apple, pear, oranges, bananas, cactus fruits, pomegranate; nuts such as: hazelnuts (lightly cracked), pecans and roasted peanuts; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Provide overhead misters or shallow bathing bowls, puzzle/foraging toys, swings, ladders, ropes, noise makers and bird-safe chewable wood or vegetable tanned leather toys. Place multiple perches throughout spacious aviary.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 8" x 8" x 18" (20.3cm x 20.3cm x 45.7cm).

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

22 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

6g (0.2 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Horned Parakeet
© Nick Athanas | Flickr

Did You Know?

The Horned Parakeet is so named because of the two elongated feathers that are in the crown of its head; in the male they measure 3" and are longer and wider than in the female.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Eunymphicus cornutus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

8000-9000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

As early as the 1940s, concern was expressed about declining population numbers. Current declines are due to loss of habitat. This species may also be threatened by predation from introduced cats and rats.

Range:

Grande Terre, New Caledonia.

Habitat:

Found mainly above 450m (1476 ft) in humid indigenous forests, secondary growth and savanna woodland. Also occurs in mixed Agathis-Araucaria forest.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on flowers, nuts, fruits, berries, seeds of trees, and shrubs.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are wary and mostly unapproachable. Are generally seen in pairs and small, noisy groups of up to 10 birds. Birds roost in the treetops or in hollows, becoming active an hour before sunrise.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 rounded eggs, 26.5 x 21.5mm (1 x 0.8 in).

Breeding Season:

October-December

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Research: Morphological, behavioural and genetic differentiation with the Horned Parakeet...

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Wild Horned Parakeet
© Nick Athanas | Flickr

Did You Know?

The Horned Parakeet is so named because of the two elongated feathers that are in the crown of its head; in the male they measure 3" and are longer and wider than in the female.

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WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Eunymphicus cornutus

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