French: Toui à bandeau jaune German: Zitronensittich Spanish: Catita frentidorada
Psittacus (Lathamus) aurifrons
New Zealand; error = Peru
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. robertsi
Carriker, 1933 – NW Peru (Marañón Valley).
P. a. aurifrons
(Lesson, 1831) – W Andes of C & S Peru (to Arequipa).
P. a. margaritae
(Berlioz & Dorst, 1956) – Andes of S Peru (Puno) and CW Bolivia to N Chile (Antofagasta) and extreme NW Argentina (to N Catamarca).
P. a. rubrirostris
(Burmeister, 1860) – Andes of NW Argentina (S Catamarca to Mendoza and Córdoba) and C Chile (Santiago).
16–19 cm; 45 g. Green above from crown to wings and tail, with outer webs of flight-feathers blue; area around bill to eye yellow, extending down throat to merge into... read more
Calls include a strident doubled or tripled “tee-teet” (reminiscent of a Grey Wagtail Motacilla... read more
Riparian thickets, wooded and shrubby places with fog vegetation, slopes with composite brush,... read more
Food and feeding
In puna zone, buds and seeds of Lepidophyllum, Fabiana densa and Adesmia and other leguminous scrub,... read more
Season Feb–Mar in NW Argentina; Oct–Dec in N Chile. Nest in burrow in dry riverbank, steep cliff or canyon, often with several... read more
Altitudinal migrant, moving to lower levels in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common to locally abundant, although race robertsi appears to remain virtually unknown. Trade is slight.
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