Nonnatives - Red-masked Parakeet

Red-masked Parakeet - Aratinga erthogenys


Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1983

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  At least 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.

Species Account: Native to Ecuador and Peru, where it inhabits forests, savannahs, and towns. Naturalized flocks occur in San Francisco, California.

Habitats: Central or core urban area.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Broward 1983   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Dade 1985   At least 10 years Increasing slowly.
Monroe     Not reported breeding  
Orange 1991   Not reported breeding  
Palm Beach     Not reported breeding  
Pinellas 1983   Not reported breeding (Pranty 1995c)


Pranty, B. 1996a . Field observations [winter report: December 1995- February 1996]. Florida Field Naturalist 24:83-92.

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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