What Is a Canary-Winged Parakeet?


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Canary-winged parakeets are small parakeets of the genus Brotogeris native to the Amazon basin in South America. There are two species, the white-winged parakeet and the yellow-chevroned parakeet, that are distinguished by differences in their plumage.

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Canary-winged parakeets were imported by the tens of thousands in the 1970s and 1980s. Their importation was forbidden by the 1992 Wild Bird Conservation Act and they are now bred in captivity. Enthusiasts describe these birds as affectionate, outgoing, active, playful, intelligent and inquisitive. Canary-winged parakeets have shrill calls. They are quieter when kept alone but need plenty of owner attention. They can be kept in cages sized for cockatiels or small parrots and thrive on a diet of suitably sized parrot feed supplemented by fruits, vegetables and greens.

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