Saturday, March 3, 2012

Golden Parakeet

Guaruba guarouba
The Golden Parakeet is a gorgeous yellow Parrot with dark green flight feathers. These vibrant birds are endemic to Brazil, and live in only a handful of regions.

There is little definitively information about the wild Golden Parakeets, as they are rare and have only recently been the subject of scientific study. We do know that fruits, seeds, and nuts make up most of their diets. They also seem to live in small flocks, and breed during the December-April wet season. Nests are sometimes communal, meaning that multiple females will lay eggs within the same nest. When the chicks hatch, all of the flock adults help to care for the young.

Sadly, Golden Parakeets are becoming incredibly rare in the wild, and are now listed as Endangered. It is estimated that there less than 2,500 left in the wild, and that number continues to drop. Deforestation has been a major contributor to their decline; the construction of roads and dams has drastically altered their habitats. The birds are also illegally captured for the pet trade; their bright colors make them highly sought after.

IUCN Status : Endangered
Location : Brazil
Size : Length up to 13in (34cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Psittaciformes
Family : Psittacidae -- Genus : Guaruba -- Species : G. guarouba


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