Andean parakeet

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Andean parakeet
BolborhynchusAndicolaKeulemans.jpg
Illustration by Keulemans, 1891
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Bolborhynchus
Species: B. orbygnesius
Binomial name
Bolborhynchus orbygnesius
(Souancé, 1856)
Synonyms
  • Bolborhynchus andicola

The Andean parakeet (Bolborhynchus orbygnesius) is a small 160 mm (6.3 in) parrot found in the upland wooded valleys of the central eastern Andes in Bolivia and Peru, at elevations of 1,500 to 5,000 m (4,900 to 16,400 ft). It is solid green, darker above and lighter below, with some blue visible on the wings when flying. It has a pale bill and medium length tail. It is stockier and darker than the mountain parakeet.

Most flocks are small, but sometimes include over 300 individuals. The Andean parakeet eats seeds, buds, and berries, and it breeds in burrows in steep banks.

It was formerly known as B. andicolus.

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Bolborhynchus orbygnesius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

Sources

  • Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World; Juniper & Parr, 1998, ISBN 0-300-07453-0
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