Yellow-chevroned parakeet, Brotogeris chiriri

About this species

Psittacidae, one of the three true parrot families

Central South America

California and Florida

Important Environmental Factors

Precipitation Seasonality

High variation in seasonal rainfall

Surface Imperviousness

Any level of paved or compacted ground below 90%

Vegetation Cover

Low levels of shrub or scrub vegetation

Species Description

The yellow-chevroned parakeet is a medium-sized bird, mostly green in color, but with yellow underparts and outer secondary wing covers.

Habitat and Behavior

The parakeets are very sociable and are almost always seen with another individual. They inhabit open woodland and gallery forests. In the U.S., they have been observed making nesting cavities in palm trees and feeding on fruits, seeds, and flowers.

Impact in California

The parakeets were popular pets in the late twentieth century. Between 1977 and 1990, more than 74,000 birds were imported to the U.S. [1], and feral populations can now be found in California and Florida. The parakeets are considered agricultural pests in their native range, but luckily, they do not yet seem to pose any notable threats in California.

Data source:
Species records provided by eBird.

We would like to thank Ashley Campfield for her research assistance.


  1. Brightsmith et al. (2017). In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). [link]