French: Conure à tête bleue German: Spitzschwanzsittich Spanish: Aratinga cabeciazul
Other common names:
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. koenigi
(Arndt, 1990) – N & E Colombia and N Venezuela (E to Monagas).
P. a. neoxenus
(Cory, 1909) – I Margarita (Venezuela).
P. a. haemorrhous
(Spix, 1824) – Northern Blue-crowned Parakeet – interior NE Brazil (S Piauí, N Bahia, Pernambuco, Alagoas, N Minas Gerais#R).
P. a. neumanni
(Blake & Traylor, 1947) – upland E Bolivia (Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, and perhaps Tarija).
P. a. acuticaudatus
(Vieillot, 1818) – Southern Blue-crowned Parakeet – lowlands of E Bolivia, Paraguay and SW Brazil to N Argentina (S to E La Pampa and W Buenos Aires); probably extinct in Uruguay.
33–38 cm; 160·4–198 g. Head dull blue, bare orbital ring white; body and wings green, paler below, sometimes with blue tinge on breast; tail old gold below... read more
Several screeches and squawks, both in flight and perched. Also a more braying series. Usually... read more
Arid thornbush, cactus scrub, dry woodland, gallery woodland, cerrado, open savanna with... read more
Food and feeding
Berries (e.g. Condalia lineata), seeds, nuts, fruits of large cacti. Takes ripe mangoes and attacks corn and sorghum crops,... read more
Apparently Mar–Jul, Venezuela; May–Aug, I Margarita; Dec in Argentina. Nest in hole high in tree; on Margarita, neoxena... read more
In Colombia described as common in gallery woodland, Mar–Jul, but absent rest of year; as... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common in many parts of range, and officially declared a pest species in Argentina, where more abundant than Myiopsitta... read more
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