Also known as: Aztec Parakeet
Genus: Eupsittula | Species: astec
26cm (10.1 in)
Races including nominate:
two: E.a. astec, E a. vincinalis
E.a. astec: Both adults-smaller than Eupsittula nana but with longer wings; paler in colour, more yellow/green; paler brown on throat to abdomen; smaller bill.
E.a. vicinalis: Both adults-as in astec but brighter green in general; less brown underparts.
As in adults but with brown eyes.
Described as noisy and screechy in flight. Also high-pitched notes; sustained harsh twittering sounds with upward inflection. Also piercing chirps.Listen Now
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Not seen in captivity.
Nest Box Size:
Species Wild Status
>500,000 but decreasing.
IUCN Red List Status:
At threat from habitat destruction and exploitation.
E.a. astec: Caribbean slope from Veracruz, SE Mexico, to Almirante Bay region, W Panama.
E.a. vicinalis: NE Mexico, from C Tamaulipas south to NE Veracruz where mixes with astec.
Found in forest and forest edge (near rivers) in humid lowland zones up to 1100m (3608 ft). Less frequent in larger tracts of rainforest and reported in arid areas (Veracruz) and pine forest, open country with scattered trees and plantations.
Prefers figs and fruits, also unripe tamarind pods. Will utilize cultivated crops.
Ecology and Behaviour:
Large groups congregate after breeding or where food is abundant. Will mix with other species. Tree hollows used for nesting.
Clutch and Egg Size:
4 or 5 rounded eggs, 26.5 x 22.0mm (1 x 0.8 in).
April-May, Belize and Guatemala.
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