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Orange-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula canicularis

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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The most numerous parrots on the Pacific Slope of Central America, the Orange-fronted Parakeet is found from Western Mexico south to Costa Rica. Primarily colored a dull green, the Orange-fronted Parakeet has an orange-peach forehead and lores, dull blue mid-crown, olive-brown throat and breast, yellow green belly and blue flight feathers. These parakeets inhabit a variety of habitats including forest edge, deciduous woodland, Pacific swamp forest, savanna, arid thorn scrub and even cow pastures and urban areas. These birds feed primarily on fruits and flowers, but outside of the breeding season, large flocks have been known to cause damage to maize and ripening bananas. Orange-fronted Parakeets nest primarily in self excavated cavities in arboreal termitariums.

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

Recommended Citation

Orange-fronted Parakeet (Eupsittula canicularis), 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/orfpar