Austral Parakeet Enicognathus ferrugineus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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A long-tailed, green conure, the Austral Parakeet is found further south than any other species of parrot in the Americas. Found at a variable range of altitudes, this species stays near sea level in the extreme southern portion of its range, but can be found up to 2000 meters in elevation at more northerly portions of its range. A very social species, this bird may join single or mixed-species feeding flocks numbering 100 birds or more. Mainly a seed-eating bird, this species is very tame and often lives in close association with humans, where it has been known to cause significant damage to local grain crops. They will also east nuts, fruits, berries, and leaf buds when available. Very common within its range in proper habitat, this species is very scarcely kept as a cage-bird. The Austral Parakeet is a cavity-nester and usually lays 4-8 eggs in a deep, hollow, tree cavity.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Austral Parakeet (Enicognathus ferrugineus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: