Green Parakeet /perico mexicano (Aratinga holochlora)
Status: Locally common in select urban areas throughout the Valley, most common in Brownsville, Weslaco and McAllen. Although listed as “introduced” on the official state list, the specific origin of these birds indeterminable as their Mexican range is a mere 150 miles south of the Valley. During nesting season (April-Aug) parakeets are often paired up while during winter months they can occur in large aggregations.
Habitat: Green Parakeets prefer urban areas with large shade trees for feeding, and are especially fond of palm trees for roosting and nesting (cavities).
Best Spots: Up to 300 birds have been known to roost in palm trees at Fort Brown in Brownsville and at 10th and Violet Streets in McAllen.Also frequently seen near the Audubon Woods sanctuary in Weslaco.
Similar Species: Green Parakeets differ from Red-crowned Parrots by their smaller size, longer tail, all-green head, and voice.
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