Pacific Parakeet (Aratinga strenua)

Pacific Parakeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Aratinga strenua | [authority] Ridgway, 1915 | [UK] Pacific Parakeet | [FR] Conure vert du Pacifique | [DE] Mexikosittich | [ES] Periquito Pacifico (Mex), Periquito del Pacifico (HN) | [NL] Pacifische Aratinga | [copyright picture] Knut Eisermann


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Aratinga strenua MA s Mexico to n Nicaragua


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 mostly green, yellowish on underparts; scattered orange/red feathers on throat and neck of some birds; blue tinge on primary coverts and outer webs of flight feathers; dull yellow/green underwing coverts; dull yellow undersides of flight feathers. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring bare and brown/grey. Eye orange.

Listen to the sound of Pacific Parakeet

[audio: Parakeet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Doug Knapp

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Middle America : South Mexico to North Nicaragua. It distribution encompasses southern Mexico to northern Nicaragua along the Pacific slope of Middle America


The species is found in a variety of forest types, including swampy areas, semi-deciduous forest, scrubby open woodlands, plantations and farmlands with scattered woodlots.


Pacific Parakeet couples can nest in trees alone, or in colonies in cliffs rock walls. Other details about his breeding behavior remain unknown. The nests of Aratinga strenua are holles at cliffs or in trees and termitaries. Clutch size 4 eggs.

Feeding habits

Little is known about their diet. They feed on fruits and seeds, and sometimes attack the grain crops

Video Pacific Parakeet


copyright: BIll Wayman


Not recognized by Birdlife
Formerly regarded as a subspecies of the smaller and smaller-billed Green Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora), the Pacific Parakeet is the largest member of its genus over much of the species? range.


Sedentary, but probably performs local movements in response to food availability

Distribution map

Pacific Parakeet distribution range map

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