Socorro Parakeet

Psittacara brevipes

Some ornithologists consider it to be a subspecies of the Green Parakeet (Psittacara holochlorus brevipes), but we now accepted it as a full species. We found these birds in the cloud forests on the island of Socorro, 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 the sheep have been eradicated. There remains a feral cat population which poses a threat to these birds, as well as other endemics on the island.

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