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Burrowing Parakeet Cyanoliseus patagonus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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The Burrowing Parakeet is a monotypic species found in a variety of open, and often arid, habitats from the Chaco of northern Argentina south to southeast Argentina as well as an isolated population along the central Chilean coast. It is most often seen in large flocks that roam in search of seeds which are taken from the ground. Though all species of parrot nest in cavities, the Burrowing Parakeet is unsurpassed in its industry for cavity excavation. It nests in large colonies constituting zig-zag shaped nests which interconnect and form elaborate labyrinths. These burrows are usually in sand-stone, limestone or earth cliffs, are situated over rivers or the ocean are often placed at considerable height.

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

Recommended Citation

Burrowing Parakeet (Cyanoliseus patagonus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: