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Orange-chinned Parakeet

 (Brotogeris jugularis)

Also known as: Tovi Parakeet, Brown-shouldered Parakeet, Beebee Parakeet

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Orange-chinned Parakeet
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Did You Know?

Over a hundred years ago a blue mutation of the Orange-chinned Parakeet was reportedly spotted in a wild flock. This bird had a white spot on its chin where the orange should be.

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Related publications: Brotogeris jugularis

Species Profile

Genus: Brotogeris | Species: jugularis

Size:

18cm (7 in)

Weight:

58g (2 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: B.j. jugularis, B.j. exsul

Colour Adult:

B.j. jugularis: Both adults body plumage mostly yellow/green to olive/green; blue tinge to occiput and crown; orange chin; olive-suffused mantle; blue tinge to lower back and rump; olive/brown lesser and median wing coverts. Bill horn colour. Eye-ring bare and white. Eye dark brown.
B.j. exsul: Both adults as in jugularis but bright green thighs and undertail coverts not tinged with blue; orange chin less pronounced; olive wash on mantle more extensive; darker brown lesser and median wing coverts.

Colour Juvenile:

B.j. jugularis: As in adults.

Call:

Calls made in flight reported to be harsh and continuous; also scratchy and more musical notes, some sharp and abrupt. Captive pairs reportedly duet.

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More Information:

Avibase
National Geographic Photo Ark
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 165037, Orange-chinned Parakeet Brotogeris jugularis, Ross, David L., Jr., Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Apr. 10 1996, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Orange-chinned Parakeet
© Alejandro B.Tamayo | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Over a hundred years ago a blue mutation of the Orange-chinned Parakeet was reportedly spotted in a wild flock. This bird had a white spot on its chin where the orange should be.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris jugularis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not commonly found.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, minimum length 2m (6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate, cactus fruits, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrots, celery, green beans, peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion; fresh corn; spray millet; small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of safflower, oats and buckwheat; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses, boiled maize, and complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Avid chewer, therefore provide lots of bird-safe, unsprayed branches (fir, pine, willow and elder) and heat sterilized pine cones. Also vegetable-tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log or vertical box 7" x 7" x 14" (17.8cm x 17.8cm x 35.6cm).

Clutch Size:

4-8

Incubation Time:

25-27 days

Fledging Age:

5-6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Orange-chinned Parakeet
© Alejandro B.Tamayo | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Over a hundred years ago a blue mutation of the Orange-chinned Parakeet was reportedly spotted in a wild flock. This bird had a white spot on its chin where the orange should be.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris jugularis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Appears to be minimal threats.

Range:

B.j. jugularis: SW Mexico to C Colombia and NW Venezuela.
B.j. exsul: NW Venezuela and NE Colombia.

Habitat:

Found mostly below 1000m (3280 ft) in wooded or partly wooded country including scrub, deciduous, dry and wet forests, plantations, clearing edges and cultivated or grassy areas with large trees. Also visits gardens and village parks.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on flowers, nectar, seeds and fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found usually in pairs or small flocks with large groups where food is plentiful. More social outside of breeding season. Forms groups prior to roosting communally.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-8 rounded eggs, 23.5 x 19.5mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

March, Mexico; January-March, Colombia.

Related Links:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

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Orange-chinned Parakeet
© Alejandro B.Tamayo | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Over a hundred years ago a blue mutation of the Orange-chinned Parakeet was reportedly spotted in a wild flock. This bird had a white spot on its chin where the orange should be.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris jugularis

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