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Plain Parakeet

 (Brotogeris tirica)

Also known as: All-green Parakeet, Tirica Parakeet

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Plain Parakeet
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Did You Know?

The Plain Parakeet nests in arboreal termitaria (termite mounds in trees), palm crowns, natural tree hollows or, if in urban areas, crevices in buildings.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris tirica

Species Profile

Genus: Brotogeris | Species: tirica

Size:

23cm (9 in)

Weight:

65g (2.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general green with yellow on crown, cheeks and underparts; olive/brown bend of wing and lesser wing coverts; dull purple/blue primary coverts, primary feathers and outer secondary feathers edged with green. Bill brown, becoming horn-coloured towards base. Eye dark brown.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but with green primary coverts, primary feathers and outer secondary feathers, tinted with blue. Shorter tail. Upper mandible brown at base.

Call:

Calls made in flight are shrill and rolling screeches with occasional harsh, two syllable rasping notes while feeding or resting.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 115332, Plain Parakeet Brotogeris tirica, Marantz, Curtis, Espirito Santo, Brazil, Dec. 4 1999, 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.

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Plain Parakeet
© Arthur Grosset | www.arthurgrosset.com

Did You Know?

The Plain Parakeet nests in arboreal termitaria (termite mounds in trees), palm crowns, natural tree hollows or, if in urban areas, crevices in buildings.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris tirica

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Probably 10-15 yrs, as in other Brotogeris sp.

Housing:

Aviary for one pair: 2 x 1 x 2m (6.5 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple, pear, banana, cactus fruits, oranges, pomegranate, kiwi, mango, forming about 30 percent of diet; vegetables (if taken) such as: carrot, celery, green beans, peas in the pod; fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses, boiled maize, and complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Avid flier and chewer, so provide space and plenty of bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, fir, pine and willow branches; different sized perches; wooden chew toys, vegetable tanned leather toys; rope, swings and ladders.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 7" x 7" x 24" (17.8cm x 17.8cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

38 days

Hatch Weight:

3g (0.1 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Plain Parakeet
© Arthur Grosset | www.arthurgrosset.com

Did You Know?

The Plain Parakeet nests in arboreal termitaria (termite mounds in trees), palm crowns, natural tree hollows or, if in urban areas, crevices in buildings.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris tirica

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Has declined since European settlement of Brazil.

Range:

CE and SE Brazil.

Habitat:

Found up to 1200m (3936 ft) in lowlands and uplands, forest canopy and forest edge, parks and gardens and city plazas with mature trees, farmland with trees, scattered woodlots and patches of secondary growth.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruit pulp, seeds, flowers and nectar, as well as insects and their larvae.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Social. Found in pairs or small flocks. Rarely in large groups of several hundred. Climbs branches while feeding rather than fluttering from branch to branch.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 rounded eggs, 25.5 x 21.5mm (1 x 0.8 in).

Breeding Season:

September-January

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

Click photo to visit gallery

Plain Parakeet
© Arthur Grosset | www.arthurgrosset.com

Did You Know?

The Plain Parakeet nests in arboreal termitaria (termite mounds in trees), palm crowns, natural tree hollows or, if in urban areas, crevices in buildings.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris tirica

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