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Echo Parakeet - BirdForum Opus

Photo by JWN Andrewes

Alternative Name: Mauritius Parakeet

Psittacula eques

Includes: Reunion Parakeet


36 cm. Green. Male has bright red bill. Female has dark bill and is generally darker overall. Legs blue-grey.

Similar species

Rose-ringed Parakeet is usually paler green with yellowish hues when worn, has a longer tail with brighter undertail coverts, and legs are more variable in color.


Mauritius Island; population has increase from a low of about 12 birds to almost 300, but the species is still limited to an extremely small area in one particular national park.


Two subspecies now recognized:

Has been included in Rose-ringed Parakeet.


Upland forest and scrub.


Diet includes native plants.

It nests in natural cavities in native trees.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Hume (2007) (only the abstract available for free).
  3. Birdforum thread discussing identification of Echo Parakeet.

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