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Red-necked Parrot

From Opus

Alternative name: Red-necked Amazon, Jaco

Photo by njlarsenSyndicate, Dominica, March 2010
Photo by njlarsen
Syndicate, Dominica, March 2010
Amazona arausiaca

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[edit] Identification

The smaller of two endemic parrots on Dominica at 33-36 cm (13-14 inches).
It is mainly bright green with a bluish face, a red patch on the wing and yellow on the outer half of the tail (mainly visible from below) and on undertail coverts. There is a variable amount of red under the chin, absent in some birds. Legs are dark gray, but the bill is light, almost white.

[edit] Distribution

Dominica, mostly in the lower levels of wet forest some distance up the mountains, but more likely to be seen close to sea level than the Imperial Parrot.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

The closest relative seems to be the St. Lucia Parrot.

[edit] Habitat

Rainforest usually at heights around 300–800 m. Occasionally seen in more open areas.

[edit] Conservation

The Rare Species Conservatory Foundation has been working with the two parrot species on Dominica for several years now.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

It feeds from native rainforest trees, but additionally can also utilize crop plants such as oranges and grape fruits.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2015)
  3. For the latest conservation info http://www.rarespecies.org

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