Green Parakeet

The Pacific Parakeet, formerly considered a distinct species, is now placed herein as a subspecies Aratinga holochlora strenua.

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The Green Parakeet is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Green Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora), is a medium-sized parrot that is native to Central America, from Mexico south to northern Nicaragua. These birds have established self sustaining populations in some cities in southeast Texas in the United States. It is unclear if the US population are feral released birds or may be some wild vagrants which have moved north from Mexico. The Green Parakeet is usually nonmigratory, but will move sometimes to take advantage of food supplies. More

The Green Parakeet has a large range, estimated globally at 261,000 square kilometers. Native to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and even the southern part of Texas in the United States, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest or shrubland areas, though it has been known to reside in degraded former forests as well. The population has not been globally quantified, but is estimated to be experiencing decline at a rate too small to currently necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. More

Habitat: Green Parakeets occur in a variety of habitats, from open woods to scrub, pines, swamp forests, or farmland. They can be found at elevations up to 2,200 meters. Populations in Texas make use of palm groves in several cities across the Rio Grande Valley. Feeding: The Green Parakeet is mainly a canopy feeder, foraging within woodlands for fruits, berries, nuts, and seeds. It will also eat corn, and flocks of these birds are sometimes considered a crop pest. More

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Found in Mexico and northern Central America, the Green Parakeet has become established in southern Texas beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is common in the Brownsville area where it has been breeding for a number of years. It is unclear if the U.S. population represents colonization by vagrants from the south or escaped or released captive birds. Though the bird is nonmigratory, it does wander in response to food supplies. Its Mexican range is only 150 miles away. More

the green parakeet, lives only on Antipodes Island - one of New Zealand's southern, remote, bleak and inhospitable subantarctic islands (~62 in size). Antipodes Island is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, 850 km south-east of New Zealand. It is one of two parrot species found on the islands. It is also the only home of the smaller Reischek's Parakeet (Cyanoramphus hochstetteri). Interestingly, hybridization between the two island Kakarikis has occurred in captivity, but is not known in the wild. More

Green Parakeet - Photo copyright Vaughan Ashby of BirdfindersGreen Parakeet Photo copyright Vaughan Ashby of Birdfinders Scarlet-fronted Parakeet - Photo copyright Jurgen BeckersScarlet-fronted ParakeetPhoto copyright Jurgen Beckers Red-Masked Parakeet - Photo copyright Mark BittnerRed-masked Parakeet Photo copyright Mark Bittner Crimson-fronted Parakeet - Photo copyright Guido BandCrimson-fronted Parakeet Photo copyright Guido Band Cuban Parakeet - Photo copyright Wim van der SchotCuban Parakeet Photo copyright Wim van der Schot More

Green Parakeet This is a smaller member of the parrot family. With its striking colors and patterns as well as its ease in taming, the parakeet has become a popular pet. If properly cared for, parakeets can live up to twenty years. Parakeets are hardy birds who sometimes talk. Some males build up a large vocabulary and can whistle short tunes. To tame a parakeet, you need to start young. Only a tame bird will imitate the human voice. More

The Green Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) is essentially a bird of Mexico and parts of central America. Beginning in the late 1970s and early 1980s, however, small groups of these birds started showing up in extreme south Texas. There was a lively controversy regarding whether or not these birds were wandering individuals from wild population in Mexico, or escaped (or released) captives. More

The Green Parakeet, officially known as Aratinga holochlora, is actually a member of the parrot family, which most people do not know. This particular species is commonly found on the Pacific slope of southern Mexico, all the way to Nicaragua. In this area, the bird’s name changes to the Pacific Parakeet although it is the same species. Interestingly, the only place you will find the Green Parakeet in the United States is in the extreme southern regions of Texas. More

Did You Know?The main diet of the Antipodes Green Parakeet is leaves, which are chewed; piles of chewed foliage still attached to the stem of the plant are a sign of feeding. Status in the Wild World Population: 2000-3000 Range: Found on Antipodes Islands, New Zealand. Habitat: Is found in dense tall Poa littorosa tussock grasslands, open scrub and Carex sedge. Also in areas of prickly fern and Coprosma antipoda scrub. More

I live in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and lately Green Parakeets have been stopping by my neighbors land. I think it's his trees because he says they only stop there to feed. Is there a way that I can attract them to my land besides planting an adult tree? I say this because they only come around here during the summer, (eventhough they are native), when the tree gives its fruit(little green balls). Also, what would be an ideal bird house to make them?... More

* Green Parakeet has much less red overall. In its native range the * Red-fronted Parakeet is extremely similar but has a red forehead, while the * White-eyed Parakeet has conspicuous red and yellow patch on its underwing coverts. More

Cyanoramphus unicolor, also known as the green parakeet, lives only on Antipodes Island, one of New Zealand's remote, bleak and inhospitable subantarctic islands. It is part of the Psittacidae family of parrots and parakeets, which belongs to the Psittaciformes order of birds. The Antipodes Island parakeet is listed as 'vulnerable' on the 2009 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and 'at risk-naturally uncommon' on the 2008 New Zealand Threat Classification System The classification of C. More

Habitat: Green Parakeets prefer urban areas with large shade trees for feeding, and are especially fond of palm trees for roosting and nesting (cavities). Best Spots: Up to 300 birds have been known to roost in palm trees at Fort Brown in Brownsville and at 10th and Violet Streets in McAllen.Also frequently seen near the Audubon Woods sanctuary in Weslaco. Similar Species: Green Parakeets differ from Red-crowned Parrots by their smaller size, longer tail, all-green head, and voice. More

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Order : Psittaciformes
Family : Psittacidae
Genus : Aratinga
Species : holochlora
Authority : (Sclater, 1859)