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White-eyed Parakeet Psittacara leucophthalmus

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The White-eyed Parakeet is a medium-sized, conspicuous green parrot widespread in the lowlands of northern and central South America. It resembles many other Aratinga parakeets in being largely green with a white orbital eye ring, red under the wrists, and a variable amount of red on the head. In this species the red on the head is restricted to scattered flecks, which combined with its range should allow easy recognition. It inhabits a suite of habitats including forest, savanna, scrub, Mauritia palm swamps, and mangroves. Like other Aratinga parakeets, it often occurs in noisy flocks, which are often spotted flying overhead, coming to clay licks, or feeding in fruiting trees. Food items are primarily fruit, but also may include flowers, seeds, and occasionally arthropods. This species nests in a cavity in a tree or in the top of a palm. It occurs in lowlands from Venezuela south east of the Andes to northernmost Argentina.

 
 
 

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White-eyed Parakeet (Psittacara leucophthalmus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whepar2