Green Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora)

Green Parakeet

Green Parakeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Aratinga holochlora | [authority] Sclater, 1859 | [UK] Green Parakeet | [FR] Conure vert | [DE] Grunsittich | [ES] Aratinga Verde, Periquito verde (HN) | [NL] Groene Aratinga | [copyright picture] Peter Odekerken


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Aratinga holochlora MA n,e Mexico, s Mexico to Nicaragua
Aratinga holochlora brewsteri nw Mexico
Aratinga holochlora holochlora s Mexico


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

A.h. holochlora: both adults green in general; green/yellow on underparts; scattered red feathers on heads of some birds; blue tinge to primary coverts and outer webs of flight feathers; dull yellow/green underwing coverts; olive/yellow underside of flight feathers. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring bare and pink/grey. Eye orange/brown. A.h. brewsteri: both adults as in holochlora, but a darker green with less yellow; crown with blue wash.

Listen to the sound of Green Parakeet

[audio: Parakeet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Manuel Grosselet

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 32 cm size max.: 34 cm
incubation min.: 23 days incubation max.: 24 days
fledging min.: 47 days fledging max.: 53 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 3  
      eggs max.: 5  


Middle America : North,e Mexico, South Mexico to Nicaragua. The Green Parakeet is a small parrot that is found from extreme southern Texas, USA south to northern Nicaragua.


Found up to 2000m (6560 ft) in various wooded habitats except tropical rainforest.


Nest is usually located in tree cavity, rock crevice, hole in building or termite mound. Also in urban settings and more pristing forest and woodland edge. In captivity clutch ize 4 eggs which are incubated for 23 days. Young fledge after another 7 weeks.

Feeding habits

Like other parakeets, Green Parakeets are food generalists that can be considered a pest when they get into agricultural crops in flocks. Feeds on seeds, nuts, berries and fruits, and often takes maize.

Video Green 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 stable, 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 is very large, and hence does not 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.
An overall decline has occurred due to destruction of forest for agriculture and local and international trade.
Green Parakeet status Least Concern


Some local movements in search of food recorded.

Distribution map

Green Parakeet distribution range map

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