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Hispaniolan Parakeet - BirdForum Opus

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2008
Psittacara chloropterus


30-33cm (12-13ins); a large, plain green parakeet

  • Red carpal and underwing-coverts
  • Bare white orbital ring
  • Red feathers on head occasionally seen
  • Yellowish-green underside of flight feathers and tail


Endemic to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Introduced to Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico, where it is very local.

Conservation Concerns

Vulnerable according to the 2008 IUCN Red List. Species is declining rapidly, due to habitat loss and persecution.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with the extinct Puerto Rican Parakeet.
Formerly placed in genus Aratinga.


A wide variety of habitats, including forests, palm-savanna and open woodlands at all elevations. Humid montane areas are favoured.



They are known to feed on ficus fruits and are reportedly a crop pest. Little else is known.


Nesting takes place in tree-cavities or arboreal termite nests.


Call: screeches.


  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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Hispaniolan Parakeet (Psittacara chloropterus). 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/54643 on 9 March 2020)

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