Cuban parakeet

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Cuban parakeet
Cuban Parakeet (Aratinga euops) -in tree-6-4c.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Psittacara
Species: P. euops
Binomial name
Psittacara euops
(Wagler, 1832)

The Cuban parakeet (Psittacara euops) is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae that is endemic to the island of Cuba. It was extirpated from the Isla de la Juventud south of Cuba soon after 1900.

Its natural habitats are dry forests, dry savanna, and arable land. The species breeds seasonally, nesting from April to July. It nests in holes in trees or termite nests, particularly those created by the Cuban green woodpecker. Three to five eggs are incubated for around 22 days, and the nestling period is between 45–50 days. The species was once very common but is now much reduced due to habitat loss and trapping for the cagebird trade. As a consequence it is now listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Psittacara euops". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 

External links

  • BirdLife Species Factsheet.


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