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Brown-throated Parakeet Eupsittula pertinax

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 14 subspecies
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The Brown-throated Parakeet is a widespread inhabitant of the neotropics found in Panama, the Netherlands Antilles, and from Venezuela east to north-central Brazil. The nominate race has primarily green upperparts with a yellow chin, face and forehead, a dull olive breast, a grass green belly with an orange patch and blue on the flight feathers and edges of its tail. The Brown-throated Parakeet is highly variable in appearance across its range, with 14 different subspecies currently recognized. Nests usually consist of a cavity excavated in an arboreal termitarium or occasionally in a hole in a cliff face, old wall or cave. These birds can be found in savannas and arid scrubby areas, but also in mangrove woodland, tropical deciduous forest, edges of humid evergreen forest and cultivated areas. Brown-throated Parakeets feed on seeds, leaves and flowers, and also feed extensively on crops such as maize.

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Recommended Citation

Brown-throated Parakeet (Eupsittula pertinax), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/brtpar1