Nonnatives - Green Parakeet

Green Parakeet - Aratinga holochlora

 

Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1920

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  Less than 10 years, 5 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives:  Members of the parrot family carry Newcastle disease, identified in 1971, which can infect native songbirds, game birds, domestic chickens and turkeys, and other exotic bird species. The native bird species can be infected by smuggled exotic birds and birds not properly quarantined that are released into the wild. This species also breeds in cavities which might limit the number available to native cavity nesters.

Species Account: This species ranges from Mexico to northern Nicaragua, where it inhabits tropical deciduous forest and tropical lowland evergreen forest. The sightings in Florida are escaped caged birds.

Habitats: Central or core urban area, Low density suburban development, areas peripheral to core urban areas, and small towns.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Broward 1920's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Dade 1980's   Not reported breeding  
Lee 1987   Not reported breeding  
Martin 1920's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Monroe 1987   Not reported breeding  
Palm Beach 1920 1930's   Less than 10 years A flock lived in this area for several years in the 1920s (Stevenson and Anderson 1994).

References

Pranty, B., and S. Epps. In preparation. The exotic parrot fauna of Broward County.

Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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