French: Conure des cactus German: Kaktussittich Spanish: Aratinga de los cactos
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Subspecies and Distribution
E. c. caixana
(Spix, 1824) – NE Brazil from E Maranhão to W Rio Grande do Norte, W Pernambuco and NW Bahia.
E. c. cactorum
(Kuhl, 1820) – CE Brazil S of R São Francisco (in Bahia and adjacent N Minas Gerais).
25 cm. Forecrown, lores, throat, sides of neck and breast pale brown; bare orbital ring whitish; ear-coverts, nape and upperparts green; flight-feathers bluish; belly to vent... read more
Flight calls include high-pitched screeching “scraart scraart” cries, as well as a softer, shorter... read more
Arid thorny caatinga vegetation dominated by shrubs and succulents, open woodland (... read more
Food and feeding
Few specific data; flower buds reported, and recorded feeding on a variety of fruits, including those of figs and cactus, as well as ... read more
Nest-holes in arboreal termitaria. Four nests in N Bahia were at 1·7–2·7 m above the ground, with nestlings and... read more
No information, but some local movements in response to food availability seem likely.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Generally common, often commonest psittacid, with little trade pressure. However, caatinga is poorly protected (0... read more
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