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Dusky-headed Parakeet - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Ronald B. Davis
Napo River tributary, Peru, 12 April 2010
Aratinga weddellii


23½-27cm (9¼-10½ in)

  • Green
  • Grey brown head
  • Tail is blue tipped
  • Remiges are dark grey below, blue above
  • Broad white eye ring
  • Shiny black bill


South America: found from south-easternColombia to northern Bolivia and adjacent western Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species1.


Swamps, semi open forest, sugar cane and coffee plantations.



The diet includes insect larvae, fruit, seeds, and flowers.


They nest in woodpecker holes or arboreal termite nests; both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the young.


Thin rusty notes and rasping brays. Higher pitched than White-eyed Parakeet


Generally resident but forms large flocks at particular food sources indicating local movements.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54647 on 25 July 2019).
  4. Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/duhpar
  5. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231

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