French: Toui à menton d’or German: Tovisittich Spanish: Catita churica
Other common names:
Bonda, Santa Marta, Colombia
Subspecies and Distribution
B. j. jugularis
(Statius Müller, 1776) – SW Mexico (E Oaxaca) through Central America mostly on Pacific slope to N, C & W Colombia and NW Venezuela (Maracaibo basin, and W Andes in Trujillo and Mérida).
B. j. exsul
Todd, 1917 – NE Colombia (Arauca) and N & W Venezuela (Falcón and Barinas to Guárico).
18–19 cm; 53–65 g. Head bright green with bluish wash on crown, white eyering and pale bill, small orange patch on chin; underparts bright green, bluish on thighs... read more
Common calls include a high-pitched “klee”, shrill “chree” or bisyllabic “chree-chree”, given both... read more
Open dry country with scattered trees, llanos, semi-deciduous and deciduous woodland, semi... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and seeds of e.g. Ficus, Ceiba, Bombax, Byrsonima, Cecropia, Muntingia, nectar... read more
Jan–Apr. Nest in old woodpecker hole, palm stub, excavated by pair in termitarium, or in natural cavity, sometimes communally in one... read more
Wanders locally after breeding, El Salvador.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common to abundant throughout most of range, but uncommon in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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