Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

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.


© Michael Harvey

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

Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C. A., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, M. d. C. Arizmendi, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Barred Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.