Cyanoliseus patagonus patagonus
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Family

  • Psittacidae

Lifespan

  • 35 years

Size

  • Length: 15 - 20 inches

  • Weight: 9 - 11 oz

Range

  • South Argentina and Chile

  • In winter their range extends to Central Argentina and South Uruguay

Habitat

  • Rocky coastline with cliffs

  • Grassy or Farmland areas
  • Arid land near water

Diet

  • Wild

    • seeds, nuts, fruit, and grain crops

  • Zoo

    • parrot show, fruit, corn

Reproduction

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  • There are usually 3 - 5 eggs per cluthc, laid once a year, with an incubation period around 30 days.
  • Eggs laid on dust and dead wood in large hole. Some nest in cactus plants.
  • Male assumes parental role while young develop.
  • Babies are born naked, and around three weeks old they begin to develop real feathers. At this stage, the feathers look like pins and are thus called "pinfeathers."

General Info

  • Males and females easily distinguishable among most parrots. Males are usually more colorful, but some parts of the world the female parrots can be as brightly colored as the males. The bright colors help hide them from predators.

  • They are social animals and there can be more than a thousand parrots in a single flock.
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Conservation status

  • IUCN: Least Concern
  • CITES: Appendix II
  • Common in the pet trade, illegal capture and exportation of these and other tropical parrots is still a major problem with wild populations today

    • Approximately 70-80% of animals illegally transported over borders for the pet trade die either en route or shortly after arrival.  The United States is one of the top destinations for these birds and other illegally transported animals.  

Sources

  1. CITES Appendices. Accessed December 2012. www.cites.org
  2. IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Accessed December 2012. www.iucnredlist.org