Nanday Parakeet (Nandayus nenday), also known as the Black-hooded Parakeet, socializing and feeding in tamarind tree at Key Largo, Florida. These birds are a non-native species.
The Nanday Parakeet (Nandayus nenday) is also known as the Black-hooded Parakeet or Nanday Conure. The bird is native to South America from southeast Bolivia to southwest Brazil, central Paraguay and northern Argentina, from the region known as the pantanal. Caged birds have been released in some areas and the birds have established self sustaining populations in the Los Angeles, California, and several areas of Florida (including St. Petersburg, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County). The Nanday Parakeet is 32–37 cm in length, and is mostly green in color. Its most distinguishing characteristic, for which it is named, is its black facial mask and beak. It also shows black trailing flight feathers on its wings and has a long tail edged at the end in blue. The upper chest is bluish-green and the lower chest is a paler green. Feathers covering the thighs are red. Nanday Parakeets feed on seeds, fruit, palm nuts, berries, flowers and buds. They usually find holes in trees to nest in. It lays 3-4 eggs. After raising its young, all birds will form rather large communal roosts until the next breeding season. (credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanday_Para...)
Lat: 25.09, Long: -80.45
Spotted on Jul 11, 2011
Submitted on Dec 29, 2011