Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Andean Parakeet (Bolborhynchus orbygnesius)


Taxonomy

French: Toui de d’Orbigny German: Andensittich Spanish: Catita andina
Taxonomy:

Myiopsitta Orbygnesia

Souancé

, 1856,

Yungas, Bolivia

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Formerly referred to by name B. andicolus, and in the past regarded as a race of Psilopsiagon aurifrons; name orbygnesius, however, shown to refer to present species and to have priority#R. Appears to be closest to B. ferrugineifrons. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Highlands of N Peru (Cajamarca and La Libertad) S to WC Bolivia (Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz); recently recorded in NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta)#R.

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 48–50 g. Differs from B. ferrugineifrons only in being slightly smaller, and in replacing rufous around bill with yellow tinging to green.... read more

Voice

Typical call is a short (irregularly overslurred) dull note, typically given in chuckling pairs or... read more

Habitat

Semi-arid cloud-forest, Polylepis woodlands, bushy ravines in more open country,... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, fruits and berries, taken in bushes, bamboo, leguminous trees, and on the ground.

Breeding

Claimed to be in a burrow in a steep bank.

Movements

Moves altitudinally down to montane valleys outside breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common locally, sometimes in large flocks, with over 300 recorded; population stable.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Andean Parakeet (Bolborhynchus orbygnesius). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54682 on 16 October 2018).