Yellow-chevroned parakeets, endemic to tropical South America, are BeeBees or pocket parrots with a stable growth in their feral population in North America. These small birds are not sexually dimorphic.
|Scientific Name||Brotogeris chiriri|
|Size||8-10 inches(20.32- 25.4 dm)|
|Weight||Around 72 grams|
|Color||Mostly bright green body and wings, pale green underparts, yellow-green underwings coverts, yellow trailing edge (seen during flight), orange-brown beak, pinkish-gray feet, white eye rings and brown iris. Juveniles exhibit a shorter tail and dark brown bill.|
|Distribution||Amazon basin of South America (Central Brazil, Paraguay, Northern Argentina, and Southern Bolivia) Caged birds have been introduced to some U.S states like Florida, Connecticut, California, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and the State of Brazil like Rio de Janeiro.|
|Subspecies||Brotogeris chiriri behni|
|Habitat||Savannas, open woodlands, disturbed forests and even near towns.|
|Sounds & Calls||Loud screeching just before the flight, piercing shrill and metallic call during flight and low pitched tweeting while feeding.|
|Clutch Size||4-6 eggs|
|Incubation||Around 26 days|
|Diet||Fruits, seeds, nectar and blossoms.|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Least Concern|
Yellow-chevroned parakeets are loved and appreciated for their endearing attributes and playfulness. Although they are not as common pet choices as other parrots are, still if you wish to have a tiny docile sweetheart as your companion, this is the one you are looking for. It is always advisable to keep a single parakeet as your pet because a pair might not be easy to tame.
This active bird requires a powder coated cage with a minimum dimension of 24X18X24 inches to move around unhindered. Parrot perches are good for their slender feet, so, install some braided, rope or fabric perches along with the regular ones inside the cage. Also, provide some chewable toys as it spends a considerable amount of time playing with them.
A yellow-chevroned parakeet prefers to sleep in a comfortable place where they can feel snug and cozy, so keep a snuggle hut or hanging bed in the cage.
This parakeet thrives well in a moderate room temperature that should not drop down to 50°F.
Behavior and temperament
Easily tamable, this intelligent bird has an inquisitive mind and a propensity for tricks. It often likes to play dead by lying on its back. It also bonds well with its master and craves for a constant companionship from him with an urge of being cuddled. This parakeet is sometimes capable of imitating words and will entertain you by sweetly repeating them.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, sunflower seeds and commercially available pellet mix are good for these parakeets. You can give it a treat of monkey biscuits once in a while. As is the case with any other parrots, chocolate and avocado are toxic for yellow-chevroned parakeets.
Since this bird is a small one, you should be vigilant about its movement while taking it on your shoulder as it crawls inside your pockets swiftly. Be attentive to its need all the time otherwise, it gets cranky.
Some of the common health problems that a yellow-chevroned parakeet is susceptible to are listed below
- Eye Infections
- Cold and Sinus Inflammations
Consult a professional vet if any such problem occurs.
Each bird costs around $325.
- This bird was considered as a conspecific with the white-winged parakeet, and together they were called as canary-winged parakeets until 1997. Now, the canary-winged parakeet is another name of the white-winged parakeet.
- In the wild, yellow-chevroned parakeets and white-winged parakeets often nest in the same tree.
- Reportedly, a yellow-chevroned parakeet lived up to 19 years.
Video: Yellow-Chevroned Parakeet Eating Fruit