Dusky-headed parakeet

Aratinga weddellii

The dusky-headed parakeet, also known as Weddell's conure or dusky-headed conure in aviculture, is a small green Neotropical parrot with dusty grey head found in wooded habitats in the western Amazon basin of South America.
Dusky-headed parakeets (Aratinga weddellii) Puerto Bermudez road, Pasco, Peru. Nov 16, 2020 Aratinga weddellii,Dusky-headed parakeet,Geotagged,Peru,Spring

Appearance

This long-tailed species is generally green in color with a gray-brown head, a blue-tipped tail, and remiges that are dark gray from below, mainly blue from above. The bill is black, and it has a broad, bare, white eye-ring.

With a typical length of 25–28 cm and a weight around 100 grams, it is slightly smaller than the sun conure. Many people call these conures minimacaws because they have skin near their beak and eyes, similar to the macaw.

Distribution

Its range extends from southeastern Colombia south through eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru and southwest Amazonian Brazil, to central Bolivia.

Behavior

It is social, and usually found in pairs or small groups. It may even flock with different species of conures. When food is plentiful, it may form flocks of up to 100 members.

Habitat

It prefers semiopen habitats such as ''várzea'', forest edge, and forest remnants, but can also be found in coffee plantations. It is generally common and its habitat preference makes it less vulnerable than many other Amazonian species.

Food

It eats fruit, seeds, and flowers, and searches decaying wood for insect larvae. It also ingests mineral-rich soil, e.g., from a clay lick, as a supplement. A pair raises their offspring together, nesting in woodpecker holes in trees or arboreal termite nests.

Consuming clay is believed to provide a mineral supplement and neutralise toxins in their diet.

Predators

Their predators include many birds of prey, monkeys, and in some cases, jaguars.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPsittaciformes
FamilyPsittacidae
GenusAratinga
SpeciesA. weddellii
Photographed in
Peru