Birds appear in nature in a wide array of charming colors, forms and sizes. They are loved, adored and kept as pet birds by mankind for their exquisite diversity and beauty. As pets, they charm their owners with their playfulness and inquisitive personalities.
When it comes to the variety in green conures (what you usually call parrots), the list encompassing all their shapes, attitudes and other aspects of life gets very long.
Here is an interesting and easily digestible account of brown parakeet bird facts, identification, diet and pictures.
The scientific nomenclature names the brown throated parakeets as Aratingapertinax. Here Aratinga refers to their genus while pertinaxis their species name.
Placed in class Aves of kingdom Animalia, the genus, tribe and subfamily of these friendly creatures are Aratinga, Arini and Arinae, respectively. Also known as St. Thomas Conure or Brown Throated Conure, the brown parakeet belongs to the Psittacidae family of parrots. These lovely and interesting parrots are beautiful to look at. They are also important from the research perspective.
Brown Parakeet Identification
Brown parakeets can be identified based on the color of their throats. It is different not only from the coloration of their remaining body but also from other genera of the same family and subfamily.
The birds are generally green while their throats are brown, hence the name, ‘Brown Parakeet’.You can notice the same in brown parakeet pictures. On average, they grow to a length of slightly more than 10 inches which means roughly 25 cm.
The third color mingling with green and brown is orange. It is found covering the forehead, the cheeks and the chin of the bird. Another color that contributes to the overall attractiveness of the bird is blue which you can see on the crown or cere.
Therefore, while looking for such a bird, it would be easy for you to identify it by the unique and distinguished array of these four colors. The colors also keep on recurring across various parts of the body, for instance, the shade under the wings is greenish with a tinge of yellow.
Immature brown parakeets are slightly different from the fully grown-up members. Also the male and female adults can be distinguished from each other by the changing pattern of the coloration. For example, the cere in young species is flesh colored.But mature males and females have blue and fleshy pink or brown ceres, respectively.
Brown Parakeet Habitat
Naturally, these birds live either in tropical or subtropical dry forests which is the ideal brown parakeet habitat. But they can also be found in tropical or subtropical moist lowland forests and dry shrub-lands.
These birds are found in some parts of South America and Europe. You can especially locate them in Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Netherlands, US Virgin Islands, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, etc.
Brown Parakeet Facts
Listed below are some of the most interesting and knowledgeable brown parakeet fact.
- Did you know the green conures are of fourteen different types?
- The members of a given subspecies are distinguished based on the varied array of brown and yellow colors on their throat and face.
- A fully grown up parrot measures as low as 76 g, but their maximum weight reaches up to 102 grams.
- These birds, like many other species of parrots, can talk by imitating human speech.
- Surprisingly, some parrots can learn to form full sentences, but the others may not even respond to their name!
- Owing to their shyness, they prefer having one-on-one relationship.
- As pets, they usually develop familiarity and friendship with that member of the family who is taking care of them.
- Did you know brown parakeets are affectionate birds and respond to love and frequent interaction?
- They would usually only reciprocate one person's love. Your family member who spends more time with them will get all their attention.
- You need to take extra care of the pet because their boredom can be destructive. It is always advisable to keep them busy with any kind of toys you can provide.
- Interestingly, these birds can easily grow to be 10 years old, but with proper care. If the bird is in good health, their age can be pushed to 25 years and beyond too!
- If denied continuous supply of food, they will start scratching and chewing the bare parts of your furniture!
- St. Thomas Conures are social birds, and always like to live in company.
- Their flock consists of 4 to 12 members.
- In the wild, they rarely leave their flock and always try to be with their mates.
- As pets, they should be kept in the busiest corner where there is always some kind of activity.
- They do not like being alone. In fact, loneliness is naturally unbearable for them and being lonely might lead to their behavioral abnormality.
Brown Parakeet Diet
Brown parakeet diet comprises a great variety of food items, ranging from dry fruits to fleshy plant stems. They can eat anything, like herbs, vegetables and other greens.
According to recent research findings, fruit seeds can promote health and expand lifespan of these birds. They include figs, pomegranates, papaya, guava, and so on. The same is true for vegetable seeds, namely, hot peppers, cucumbers, bell peppers, pumpkins and so on.