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Golden-capped Parakeet Aratinga auricapillus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Currently considered Near Threatened, the Golden-capped Parakeet is predominantly green with a red forehead, lores and orbital region, grading to bright yellow over the crown, a large, dull orange-red belly, reddish underwing coverts, bluish primaries, and a mainly dull blue tail. It is endemic to Brazil, where the Golden-capped Parakeet occurs in both humid Atlantic Forest and transitional forests further inland, but is principally dependent on semi-deciduous woodland. Its geographical range extends from Bahia and Goiás south to São Paulo and Paraná, and locally the species remains reasonably numerous, usually being encountered in flocks, which in the interior are often joined by the much commoner Peach-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga aurea). The Golden-capped Parakeet forms a superspecies with the Sun Parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis) and the Jandaya Parakeet (Aratinga jandaya), with some authorities preferring to view all three as members of a single, widespread, species.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
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Recommended Citation

Golden-capped Parakeet (Aratinga auricapillus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: