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Bolborhynchus lineola

Barred Parakeet

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, M. C. Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Bolborhynchus lineola

Macarao National Park, Venezuela; 14 March 2010 © Mikko Pyhälä

Barred Parakeet is a very small, green parrot of humid montane ("cloud") forest, particularly where bamboo (Chusquea sp.) occurs in high density. This species usually is detected only as flocks flying high overhead, uttering their persistent, querulous squeals; good views of perched Barred Parakeets are only a rare treat, as they are extremely difficult to locate when feeding in dense, often fog-shrouded forests. These parakeets feed on seeds of bamboo and other plants, fruits, buds, and blossoms. It occurs locally from Mexico south through Central America and in the Andes from Colombia south to Peru, and apparently moves nomadically in response to food supplies. Barred Parakeet has a pointed tail, and, as the name suggests, the overall greenish plumage is heavily barred with black.

Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, M. C. Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg. 2013. Barred Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Seeds
  • Sociality:Single-Species Flocks
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern