White-eyed Parakeet Psittacara leucophthalmus
(aka Aratinga leucophthalmus

Brazilian name: Periquitão-maracanã
White-eyed Parakeet, Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image Brazil

The White-eyed Parakeet is distributed extensively in South America east of the Andes and north of the River Plate. It is found in a wide variety of habitats from rain forest to savanna.

It gets both its English and its specific name from the bare white skin around the eye. Other features are the red spots on its head and neck as well as the red on the bend of its wing. The primary underwing coverts are yellow and red as can be seen in photo 6.

It feeds on fruit, seeds (including arable crops such as maize), flowers and insects.

White-eyed Parakeet, Minas Gerais, Brazil, April 2001 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is also a page on Wikiaves.

Jeremy Minns recording is of the flock of between 500 and 1,000 birds part of which is seen in photo 2.

White-eyed Parakeet, Biritiba-Mirim, São Paulo, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image

White-eyed Parakeet, Biritiba-Mirim, São Paulo, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image
White-eyed Parakeet, Biritiba-Mirim, São Paulo, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image
White-eyed Parakeet, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
White-eyed Parakeet, Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image
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