Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii)

Order: Psittaciformes  Family: Psittacidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~25.5 cm (10 in). The Dusky-headed Parakeet is all green with a gray head and broad pale orbital skin. It has a pale iris. The tail is long and pointy. The bill is black. The lower belly is yellowish.  It is similar to the White-eyed Parakeet but is distinguished by the dusky head, black bill, smaller size, and broad pale orbital skin.

Status: The Dusky-headed Parakeet if common in Amazonia in continuous and also forest edges, second growth, and agricultural fields. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cotorra de Cabeza Oscura.

Sub-species: Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii), Deville, 1851.

Meaning of Name: Aratinga: Tupi Brazilian Indian name for a parakeet. weddellii: in honor of Hugh Alberdon Wedell (1819-1877) botanist explorer in Tropical America, and author.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.