Olive-throated Parakeet Facts and Photos

Information about the Bird Olive-throated Parakeet

The olive-throated parakeet (Eupsittula nana), also known as the olive-throated conure in aviculture, is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. It is found in forest and woodland in Meso- and Central America.

This is a green parakeet with a brown throat and orange eyes in adults, brown eyes in juveniles. Its flight call is a noisy screech; the species also utters harsh twittering sounds and piercing chirps. Measures 21.5-24cm (8.5-9.4in) and weighs 75-85g (2.6-3.0oz).
The species occurs in two widely disjunct population, with the nominate subspecies restricted to Jamaica and the astec group (including subspecies vicinalis) occurring from north-eastern Mexico through the Yucatan Peninsula and along the Caribbean slope of Central America as far south as north-western Panama. The two are very similar and most authorities consider them to be part of a single species, but some have recommended splitting them, in which case the former becomes the Jamaican parakeet (E. nana) and the latter the Aztec parakeet (E. astec).
The olive-throated parakeet inhabits wooded hill and mountain slopes but also makes use of cultivated areas and scrubland in humid or semi-arid areas up to moderate elevations above sea level, being most common at heights of around 1,000m (3,300ft).
The parakeet feeds on the buds and fruit as well as some crops, which has resulted in it being regarded as a pest species in some areas. The species reportedly nests only in arboreal termite nests found in trees of at least medium size.

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