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Short-tailed Parrot Graydidascalus brachyurus

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The Short-tailed Parrot is the sole member of its genus and is endemic to the Amazon Basin. Its main habitat is seasonally flooded varzea forest and other swampy habitats that occur along large rivers in the Amazonian basin, though it also occurs in mangroves along the Atlantic coast. It is common to abundant in the eastern portions of its range, but become less so in the western Amazon, presumably due the narrowing of the river basins. It feeds in the canopy on a wide range of fruits, especially Ficus, but is most often seen flying by its distinctive halting style over or along rivers.

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Recommended Citation

Short-tailed Parrot (Graydidascalus brachyurus), 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/shtpar2