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White-winged Parakeet

 (Brotogeris versicolurus)

Also known as: Canary-winged Parakeet

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Canary-winged (White-winged) Parakeet
© Nico Shoemaker

Did You Know?

The White-winged Parakeet is the most successful introduced parrot in Puerto Rico.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris versicolurus

Species Profile

Genus: Brotogeris | Species: versicolurus

Size:

22cm (8.6 in)

Weight:

70g (2.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults small, long-tailed mainly green parrots with yellow and white in wings; lores bare with a few grey/blue feathers; primary coverts and primary feathers white, outerwebs of primaries blue/green; secondary coverts yellow, secondary feathers white/yellow.  Bill horn coloured tinged with yellow/brown. Bare eye ring pale grey, eye dark brown.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult but with fewer white primaries and these tipped green; secondary coverts yellow and green; shorter tail. Upper mandible brown at base.

Call:

Shrill metallic calls in flight.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Nature Alley - California Parrot Project

Content Sources:

CITES
Article "Brotogeris Parakeets"
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Catalogue No. 45915 White-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris versicolorus), Parker, Theodore A., III, Loreto, Peru, June 30 1987, 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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Canary-winged (White-winged) Parakeet
© Nico Shoemaker

Did You Know?

The White-winged Parakeet is the most successful introduced parrot in Puerto Rico.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris versicolurus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Less common than formerly.

Longevity:

Around 10yrs.

Housing:

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

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate, forming about 30 percent of diet; fresh vegetables if taken, especially carrot, celery, green beans and peas, corn on the cob, green leaves; spray millet, small seed mixture, soaked and sprouted sunflower seed, cooked/ sprouted beans and pulses, cube of cheese, complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Bathing, foot toys, mimicking sounds, items for climbing (ladders, ropes) and chewing (bird-safe woods, vegetable tanned leather items), swings, bells.

Nest Box Size:

10" x 10" x 16" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 40.6cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

3 to 6

Incubation Time:

26 days

Fledging Age:

7 weeks

Hatch Weight:

About 3g (0.1 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Brotogeris Society International

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Canary-winged (White-winged) Parakeet
© Nico Shoemaker

Did You Know?

The White-winged Parakeet is the most successful introduced parrot in Puerto Rico.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris versicolurus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None so far.

Range:

Occurs in SE Colombia and NE Peru east to French Guiana and NE Brazil; may be seen in E Ecuador and deep south of Surinam. Introduced in Lima district, Peru, Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida, and possibly Dominican Republic, West Indies.

Habitat:

Occurs in a wide variety of areas, including moist, seasonal and riparian forests, pantanal, savanna and parkland. Mostly in lowlands but reported to 2700m (8856 ft) (conspecific behni).

Wild Diet:

Eats flowers, seeds and fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious, forming large flocks and communal roosts outside breeding season.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 to 6 rounded eggs, 23.0 x 19.0mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

Probably breeds January.

Related Links:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

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Canary-winged (White-winged) Parakeet
© Nico Shoemaker

Did You Know?

The White-winged Parakeet is the most successful introduced parrot in Puerto Rico.

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris versicolurus

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