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Brazil Trip Part One: Yellow-chevroned Parakeets and Peach-fronted Conures

June 28th, 2009

I’ve been in central Brazil for the past week or so.  The primary reason I was going was to attend the Animal Behaviour Society conference to present the work I’ve been doing on collared pikas.  The conference was in a city called Pirenopolis, which is about 150 km from Brasilia. Pirenopolis has about 20 000 people and was originally settled in the 1700s by gold miners.

First Church of Ours Lady of the Rosary in Pirenopolis. Built in 1728.

First Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pirenopolis. Built in 1728.

Horse cart in Pirenopolis

Horse cart in Pirenopolis

During lunch breaks, I walked around the town and conference venue (Pousada Pireneus) to look for birds. This being a parrot blog, I’ll first post pictures of some of the parrots I saw. First are pictures of the Yellow-chevroned Parakeets (Brotogeris chiriri). They are very chatty and conspicuous little birds.

Parakeet

brotogeris

They really like the small bananas that grow throughout the town. They are very closely related to the Canary-winged Parakeets (Brotogeris versicolorus) that are occasionally seen as pets in North America.  Yellow-chevroned and Canary-winged Parakeets are so similar that they were once considered the same species. The Canary wings occur farther north than the Yellow chevrons.  The Canary wings are found in the Amazon river basin, and feral populations of them also exist in many cities in the American South.  Yellow chevrons occur south of the Amazon Basin to northern Argentina. There are also feral populations of these in Rio de Janerio, and some cities in the American South. The Yellow Chevrons lack the white wing patch on the wings that the Canary Wings have.

Plenty of parakeets in the Brotogeris genus were imported into North America back when that was legal, but  few breeders attempt to breed them. Most feral populations are the descendents of wild-caught birds that escaped or were set free.  Brotogeris are becoming very rare in aviculture. Given their behavior in the wild, I’d assume that they’d be very active, feisty pets. The ones I saw were always very busy, chewing on trees, chasing each other, and nattering away.

These Yellow-chevroned Parakeets are not considered endangered and are quite common in many towns and cities. I saw several while I was in Campo Grande, at the Parque das Nacoes Indigenas.

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The other parrot species I saw in Pirenopolis was the Peach-fronted Conure (Aratinga aurea).  They weren’t quite as common as the Yellow-chevroned Parakeets. They have high-pitched voices but weren’t quite as persistently chatty as the Yellow-chevroned Parakeets.

peachfrontedconure2

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I also saw some Peach-fronted Conures in Campo Grande:

Conure

Conures

Like the Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, the Peach-fronted Conure has a very close relative that lives farther north, in Mexico and Central America. These are the Orange-fronted Conures (Aratinga canicularis). They have much lighter-coloured beaks than the Peach Fronts.

Also, a July forth update: There was a pair of Peach-fronted Conures living in the tree just outside my room where I was staying in the Pantanal. They were really cute and perched on the same branch each day for their afternoon rest.

peachy

While it’s not a parrot, I also want to include a picture of a toucan I saw in Pirenopolis. It’s a Toco Toucan, the largest of the group.

toucan3

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