Finschs Parakeet (Aratinga finschi)

Finschs Parakeet

Finschs Parakeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Aratinga finschi | [authority] Salvin, 1871 | [UK] Finschs Parakeet | [FR] Conure de Finsh | [DE] Veraguasittich | [ES] Aratinga de Finsch, Perico Frentirrojo (Cr) | [NL] Finsch’ Aratinga | [copyright picture] Jan Sevcik


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Aratinga finschi MA Nicaragua to Panama


The parrot genus Aratinga comprises 24 species. Aratinga is a genus of American parakeets. They belong to the long-tailed group. Most are predominantly green, although a few are predominantly yellow or orange. They are social and commonly seen in groups in the wild. In Brazil the popular name of several species usually is Jandaia, sometimes written as Jandaya in the scientific form.
The genus Aratinga includes species with habitat from South America to Mexico. Birds in the Aratinga genus have a “swift, direct flight” that differs from other similar birds according to “Parrots of the World.” Other characteristics include the males and females looking alike, a fully feathered face and a rather long tail that starts wide at the base and becomes slender at the tip.

Physical charateristics

Both adults in general yellow/green; red forehead and forecrown; sometimes a few scattered red feathers on neck; red bend of wing, carpal edge and outer lesser underwing coverts, occasionally tinted with orange; yellow outer greater underwing coverts; green inner underwing coverts; variable red markings on thighs. Bill horn in colouration. Eye ring bare and buff/white. Eye orange.

Listen to the sound of Finschs Parakeet

[audio: Parakeet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Doug Knapp

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broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
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Middle America : Nicaragua to Panama. Occurs in southern C America, from SW Nicaragua to Costa Rica, throughout Caribbean slope. Regular visitor to Guanacaste and on southern Pacific slope and east to Azuero Peninsula, W Panama


Found up to 1400m (4592 ft) in tropical and subtropical zones in Costa Rica and up to 1650m (5412 ft) in lightly wooded or open country with isolated trees, secondary growth, woodland edge, coffee plantations and other agricultural lands in W Panama.


Nests in holes or cavities usually in trees, might excavate a nest in rotten tree mass. Somewhat colonial as many birds may nest close together. Clutch size 2-4 eggs.

Feeding habits

Feeds on flowers and fruits of Erythrina and Inga, fruits of Croton, Zanthoxylum and Ficus and grain such as sorghum and maize. Social, seen generally in groups of up to 30 individuals. Larger flocks of several hundred gather at communal roosts in tops of trees or palms.

Video Finschs Parakeet


copyright: Bill Wayman


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Finschs Parakeet status Least Concern



Distribution map

Finschs Parakeet distribution range map

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