Golden-capped Conure
Aratinga auricapilla

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Psittacidae

SIZE:
About 1 foot in length

RANGE:
Southeastern Brazil

HABITAT:
Forest edges

DIET:
Wild - Fruits, berries, seeds
Zoo - Fruit, parrot mix

DESCRIPTION:
Small green parrot with red feathering around the eye. Red on the forehead changing to yellow on the mid crown. The bare skin around the eye is black. There is some red on the lower breast, lower back, and rump. Underside of tail is reddish. The flight feathers have blue edges. Bill is black. Tail brownish above tipped with blue and is gray below.

FACTS:

  • Travel in small flocks
  • Sexes are similar
  • Does not do well in second growth forest or pastures

YOUNG:
Young are greener, having less red on rump and belly. The yellow crown is not as bright as in the adults.

STATUS:
Vulnerable, CITES App. II. Declining due to loss of forests for agriculture, and from collecting for the pet trade.

REFERENCES:
Handbook of Birds of the World, Vol. 4, Sandgrouse---Cuckoos, J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal
Parrots. A Guide to the Parrots of the World, Tony Juniper and Mike Parr