Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bird of the Month: Brown-throated Parakeet

The Brown-throated Parakeet (Eupsittula pertinax) is a familiar member of the parrot family adapted to open habitats in Central and South America, as well as in the Caribbean, quite variable considering the high number of recognized subspecies (14 to be exact).
These social birds are noisy and smart, and their presence is revealed by the sharp metallic chattering they constantly made.  As you can see, they feed in a variety of plant material, from flowers to fruit.
Other feature you can see in the photos is the orange-yellow patch of feathers below the eye.  This field mark is unique to the form ocularis in this complex.
Ocularis is a former endemic to western and central Panama's Pacific slope (now is present in southeastern Costa Rica as well), isolated of all the other subspecies..., in fact, sometimes is considered a full species, and named Veragua Parakeet.  For these, and many other reasons, is why we chose the Brown-throated Parakeet as our Bird of the Month!
Literature consulted:
1.  Angehr G, Dean R.  The Birds of Panama. A field guide. 2010
2.  Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive.  Available at

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