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Burrowing Parrot

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Burrowing Parrot

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

The parrot lives in South America – Argentina, Uruguay and the central part of Chile. It occurs along watercourses (due to the presence of cliffs), on grassy plains and open areas with a sandy base.

BEHAVIOUR

Burrowing parrot was once seen in large groups which are now becoming less and less numerous. Most of the day they look for food sitting on the ground or among the vegetation.

DIET

Feeds on fruits, berries and seeds.

REPRODUCTION

This species only breeds in large colonies. The female lays 3 eggs which are incubated for 25 days. The chicks remain under the care of their parents for up to 8 weeks. The male feeds the female and young.

GOOD TO KNOW

Due to far-reaching changes in the environment and the lower availability of food, this bird has become a seasonally migratory species.

  • Latin name: Cyanoliseus patagonus
  • IUCN – Red List – LC – Least concern
  • CITES – Appendix II

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