French: Conure magellanique German: Smaragdsittich Spanish: Cotorra cachaña
Other common names:
Straits of Magellan
Subspecies and Distribution
E. f. minor
(Chapman, 1919) – S Chile (O’Higgins to Aisén) and SW Argentina (Neuquén to NW Santa Cruz).
E. f. ferrugineus
(Statius Müller, 1776) – extreme S of both Chile (Magallanes) and Argentina (SW Santa Cruz) to Tierra del Fuego.
28–36 cm; 155 g (one male, minor). Dull green, yellower on underparts, with light scaled effect given by dark feather edging; forehead and lores, belly patch... read more
Commonest call is a nasal grating note, typically repeated in long series, e.g. “grrreh-grrreh-... read more
Southern temperate beech Nothofagus forest, Quercus-Drymis... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses and the bamboo Chusquea quila, seeds of Araucaria araucana, acorns, leaf buds of Nothofagus and... read more
Dec. Nest in hole in tree, commonly large dead oaks; reportedly also makes own nest of twigs or grass stems in Chusquea. Eggs 4... read more
Resident in S of range, despite severity of winter; in N downslope movements in winter (Argentine... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common throughout range, with much suitable habitat inside protected areas in both Chile (e.g. Villarica National Park) and Argentina (e.g... read more
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