Nonnatives - Blue-crowned Parakeet

Blue-crowned Parakeet - Aratinga acuticaudata

 

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1980's

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  At least 10 years, 2 counties  Less than 10 years, 4 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives:  Members of the parrot family carry Newcastle disease, identified in 1971, which can infect native songbirds, game birds, domestic chickens and turkeys, and other exotic bird species. The native bird species can be infected by smuggled exotic birds and birds not properly quarantined that are released into the wild.

Species Account: Native to Columbia, Venezuela, Paraguay, and Argentina. The sightings in Florida are escaped or released pet birds.

Habitats: Central or core urban area.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Brevard 1998   Not reported breeding Robertson and Wolfenden 1992
Broward 1980's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Dade 1991   Less than 10 years  
Manatee 2000   Not reported breeding Pranty 2000a
Monroe     Less than 10 years  
Palm Beach 1982   Not reported breeding  
Pinellas 1988   At least 10 years Has been increasing in Pinellas since 1993.

References

Pranty, B. 2000a. Field observations [winter report: December 1999 to February 2000]. Florida Field Naturalist 28:127-137.

Pranty, B., and S. Epps. In preparation. The exotic parrot fauna of Broward County.

Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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