Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii)


French: Conure de Weddell German: Weddellsittich Spanish: Aratinga cabecifusca
Other common names: Dusky-headed Conure

Conurus Weddellii


, 1851,

Pebas, upper Amazon, Peru




SE Colombia S through E Ecuador, E Peru and SW Amazonian Brazil to C Bolivia (Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

28 cm; 96–129 g. Head and sides of neck brownish grey with feathers tipped bluish grey, giving slight scaled effect; bare orbital ring yellowish white; breast grass-... read more


Flight calls consist of thin rusty notes “kree kree”. Calls when perched similar, but interspersed... read more


Seasonally flooded várzea forest, riparian growth, tall swampy second growth,... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly documented. Fruits of palms, Goupia glabra, Inga edulis, Mimosa, blossoms and inflorescences such as of... read more


Evidently Jun–Aug throughout range, with possible further record in Feb, Colombia; Apr–Jun in E of range in Brazil. Nest in... read more


Formation of large flocks at particular food sources suggests at least local displacements in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common in most of range, even in degraded and settled areas; evidence indicates a steady increase with clearance of continuous forest and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii). 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 on 13 December 2019).