Saturday, April 2, 2011
Species of the Day: Amazonian Parrotlet
Scientific Name: Nannopsittaca dachilleae
Adult Size: A little over 4 1/2 inches
Adult Coloration: Both adults are mainly yellow/green in color; light-blue lores and crown; yellow-green cheeks and chin; olive wash to the mantle and lesser wing coverts. Pale pink beak and brown eyes.
Call: Described as high-pitched and piping, sounding very much like domesticated fowl chicks.
Not Found in Captivity
Range: Western Amazon river basin, eastern Peru, Loreto, drainages of Rio Ucayali, Ucayali and Rio Manu, Madre de Dios, and along Rio Heath, La Paz and north-west Bolivia
Habitat: Found up to 984 ft in elevation in lowland forests near rivers and streams; tends to inhabit areas with high numbers of Calycophyllum sp. and Cecropia sp. trees and bamboo groves.
Wild Diet: Feeds on seeds of bushes, trees and bamboo plants; also eats fruits, Cecropia catkins and seeds of Vernonia and bamboo Guadua
Ecology: Social and active; forms small flocks of up to 12 individuals. Frequents mineral-rich river banks with other parrots. Nests in large arboreal bromeliads and epiphytes.
Threat Summary: Habitat has been subjugated to oil exploration , mining and some logging, and the resulting human encroachment
IUCN Rating: Near-threatened
CITES Rating: Appendix II