Bird of the Week, August 2, 2013
Golden-plumed Parakeet


Golden-plumed Parakeet by Fundacion ProAves


A distinctive, long-tailed parrot of high elevations in the Andes, the Golden-plumed Parakeet is the only member of its genus.


Golden-plumed Parakeets populations face a slew of man-made threats. Much of their home range has been cleared for agriculture, logging, and mining. In Colombia, over 90 percent of montane forests have been felled, and in Peru, road construction cuts through the center of prime habitat.


In Ecuador, wax palms—an important nesting tree and food source for this parakeet—are cut to provide leaves for church services. Cattle also eat tender wax palms seedlings, so palms are frequently not replaced at the rate at which they are harvested. These parakeets are also trapped for pets and killed as pests.


ABC’s South American partner, the Jocotoco Foundation, is working to help save Golden-plumed Parakeets by reducing the unsustainable harvesting of wax palms and by installing nest boxes on its reserves. Jocotoco’s Tapichalaca Reserve is a great place to see this bird, as well as the endangered Jocotoco Antpitta and the vulnerable Bearded Guan, Rufous-capped Thornbill, and Masked Saltator.


Another of ABC’s partners, Fundación ProAves, has developed a Threatened Parrots Program and supports the Golden-plumed Parakeet through its Artificial Nest Initiative, which is showing great success with this and several other threatened parrot species.




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Photo by Fundación ProAves; Range Map, ABC