French: Toui catherine German: Katharinasittich Spanish: Catita barrada
“National Bridge, Mexico” = Puente Nacional, Veracruz
Subspecies and Distribution
B. l. lineola
(Cassin, 1853) – S Mexico (from C Veracruz and N Oaxaca) discontinuously to W Panama (Veraguas).
B. l. tigrinus
(Souancé, 1856) – N & W Venezuela and Colombia (including Santa Marta Mts) patchily in Andes S to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz)#R.
16–18 cm; 42–59 g. Green in various shades throughout, bluish on forecrown, more olive on back, yellower below, with deeper olive wing-coverts and bottle green... read more
Flight call is a diagnostic upslurred, somewhat mellow, muffled “gweeh”. Highly vocal in flight,... read more
Humid evergreen and pine-evergreen cloud-forest groves, second growth and clearings; tigrinus... read more
Food and feeding
Buds, blossom, Cecropia catkins, corn, berries, fruits and seeds, e.g. of Myrtis, Heliocarpus and Miconia... read more
Evidently dry season, Costa Rica; possibly Dec, Panama; Jul–Aug in Colombia. Nests in tree cavities. Eggs unknown; in captivity large... read more
Apparently nomadic in response to bamboo seeding, hence local numerical status often very erratic.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Uncommon to frequent throughout range, occurring in flocks up to 150, but still probably overlooked owing to silent behaviour and cryptic... read more
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