Hispaniolan parakeet

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Hispaniolan parakeet
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittacidae
Subfamily: Arinae
Tribe: Arini
Genus: Psittacara
Species: p. chloroptera
Binomial name
Psittacara chloroptera
(Souancé, 1856)

The Hispaniolan parakeet, conure maîtresse, aratinga de la Española, or perico (Psittacara chloroptera) is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family.

It is endemic to the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti). Localized feral populations exist in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and the Miami, Florida area, where they sometimes associate with canary-winged parakeets.

The bird is a medium-sized parakeet, evenly colored green, with a long and pointed tail, pale beak and legs, white eye-ring and red patch on the wing's wrist area. Sexes are identical; the bird is highly gregarious, forming flocks which can surpass several dozen individuals. The only similar bird in its native range is the possibly introduced olive-throated parakeet, from which it can be readily differentiated mainly by wing patches that are blue, instead of red.

Psittacara chloroptera maugei

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and arable land; nonetheless, there are populations that live in urban areas, like the ever-increasing one in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It, like many psittacids, is threatened by habitat loss and illegal captures for the pet trade.

A subspecies, the Puerto Rican conure (Psittacara chloroptera maugei) was previously found on Mona Island, but went extinct circa 1882.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Aratinga chloroptera". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Day, David (1989). The Encyclopedia of Vanished Species. Hong Kong: Mclaren Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-947889-30-2. 

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