Orange-winged Parrot: Medium green parrot, yellow head, broad blue eyebrow. Small red-orange patch in secondary feathers while perched and in flight. When fanned out the tail shows pretty blue, orange, yellow, and green highlights. Hooked bill is dull yellow with a dark tip. Legs and feet are gray.
Range and Habitat
Orange-winged Parrot: Widespread throughout the lowlands of northern South America with a preference for drier open areas and forest edges. Small population of escaped cage birds now established in Miami, Florida.
Although common, the Orange-winged Parrot is persecuted as an agricultural pest and by capture for the pet trade. They are also hunted as a food source.
They are known to carry Newcastle disease, identified in 1971, which can infect native songbirds, game birds, and domestic chickens and turkeys.
This is the most common Amazona parrot in South Florida and may be the next parrot species to become established in Dade County.
A group of parrots has many collective nouns, including a "company", "pandemonium", "prattle", and "psittacosis" of parrots.
The Orange-winged Parrot has an expansive range of roughly 7,400,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in South America, the Caribbean and Central America, including locations such as Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. It inhabits a range of environments including forests, savanna and grasslands, and even rural gardens and urban locations. The global population of this species has not been quantified, but it is referred to as “abundant” in many portions of its range. Due to this, population trends for the Orange-winged Parrot have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.