Socorro Parakeet

Psittacara brevipes
Range Map

Some ornithologists consider it to be a subspecies of the Green Parakeet (Psittacara holochlorus brevipes), but some researchers now accept it as a full species. When I visited Isla Socorro in 2017, we found these birds in the cloud forests on the upper slopes of the volcano that formed the island (Mount Evermann), where they are endemic.

These birds are endangered. The population appears to be dwindling. Overgrazing by sheep has been a problem in the past, but they have eradicated the sheep. There remains, however, a feral cat population which poses a threat to these birds, as well as other endemics on the island.

There are no recognised subspecies of Socorro Parakeet (i.e. they are monotypic).

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