|Peach-fronted Parakeet Eupsittula
(aka Aratinga aurea)
Brazilian name :Periquito-rei
The Peach-fronted Parakeet is possibly the commonest parakeet found in Brazil, mainly south of the Amazon as far as Paraguay and northern Argentina.
Its name comes from its peach-orange forehead which has a bluish border towards the crown. The orange round its eye is not entirely bare orbital skin but is highlighted by orange feathers.
|It is a bird of mainly open
country - savanna, cerrado, etc. and in
Emas National Park they were often to be seen perched on termite
mounds in which they sometimes build their nests.
They feed on seeds, including crops of soya, maize, etc., but are also known to feed on termites, moths and beetles.
|The Peach-fronted Parakeet
was one of the earliest New World birds to be illustrated
featuring in paintings by Lazarus Roting in about 1614 and by
Marcgrave in 1648. Today, you can find illustrations in
HBW, Pages 322 and
434; and in Sick, Plate 17.
Jeremy Minns' recording at Linhares included the bird in photo 4.
|In changing the genus from Aratinga to Eupsittula I have followed Howard and Moore 4th Edition. At the time of writing in July 2013 this treatment is a proposal in front of the South American Classification Committee which looks likely to be accepted.|
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