Nonnatives - White-winged Parakeet

White-winged Parakeet - Brotogeris versicolurus


Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1968

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: 21 counties  At least 10 years, 14 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 was imported to supply the exotic caged bird trade. It was first imported in 1977, and imports continued until 1990. It might be established in Broward and Dade counties. Formerly, the Yellow-chevroned Parakeet and the White-winged Parakeet were known collectively as the Canary-Winged Parakeet (B.versicolurus). Therefore, county records listed here do not distinguish between Yellow-chevroned and White-winged parakeets.

Habitats: Exotic plant community, Low density suburban development, areas peripheral to core urban areas, and small towns

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Northeast 1960's   Not reported breeding  
Southwest 1960's   At least 10 years  
South 1968   At least 10 years  
Broward 1973   Not reported breeding Reported probable breeding (Florida BBA 1986-91).
Charlotte 1960's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Dade 1968   At least 10 years By the 1970s, there were 2,000 birds in the wild. Reported confirmed breeding by Florida BBA (1986-91)
Hillsborough 1970's   At least 10 years  
Indian River 1960's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Lee 1960's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Monroe 1960's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Palm Beach 1970's   At least 10 years  
Pinellas 1970's   At least 10 years  
Polk 1980's   At least 10 years  
Saint Lucie 1980's   At least 10 years  
Sarasota 1980's   At least 10 years  


Brightsmith, D. 1999. White-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris versicolurus) and Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri). In Birds of North America, No. 386-87 (A. Poole and F. Gill) Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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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