June 30, 2010

The Cobalt-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera)

The Cobalt-winged parakeet is also known as a cobalt-wing. I don't plan on recreating information on this cousin of the grey cheek, but thought I would provide links to information already available. Check out these pages on the web which include photos, habitat maps, videos, sound recordings, diet and other information regarding these parakeets. Juvenile cobalt wing photo (below right) courtesy of Shady Pines Aviary.

Here is a YouTube video that someone shared of their pet cobalt wing, Binky, eating and talking a little:

Publications mentioning Cobalt Wings:
  • Brightsmith, Donald J. "Effects of Diet, Migration, and Breeding on Clay Lick Use by Parrots in Southeastern Peru," American Federation of Aviculture 2004 Symposium Proceedings, Aug. 2004 (pdf).
  • Brightsmith, Donald J. "Nest Sites of Termitarium Nesting Birds in SE Peru," Ornitologia Neotropical, 15:-, 2004 (Neotropical Ornithological Society).
  • Brightsmith, Donald J. "The psittacine year: what drives annual cycles in Tambopata's parrots," VI International Parrot Convention, Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain, April 2006 (pdf).
  • Brightsmith, Donald J. "Use of Arboreal Termitaria by Nesting Birds in the Peruvian Amazon," The Condor, 2000, 102(3):529-538 (BioOne Online Journals).
  • Brightsmith, Donald. "What Eats Parrots?" Bird Talk, Feb. 2000.
  • Brightsmith, Donald. "Wild Science: Cooperative Breeding," Bird Talk, 17 (Oct. 1999): 74-75.
  • Cotton, Peter A. "The Behavior and Interactions of Birds Visiting Erythrina fusca Flowers in the Colombian Amazon," Biotropica, 15 Mar 2006, 4(33): 662-669 (Wiley Interscience).
  • Hammer, Matthias L. A. "Parrot colpa and geophagy behaviour from the El Gato region of the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, Amazonia, Peru," Biosphere Expeditions (pdf).
  • Harris, Robbie. "Breeding the Cobalt-winged Parakeet," A.F.A. Watchbird, 1984C, no. 11, p. 30, 32-34, 36-37.
  • Keyworth, Jennifer. "College-Bound Bird," Bird Talk, 11 (Sept. 1993): 112-115 (re: cobalt wing).
  • Low, Rosemary. "Breeding Two Species of Brotogeris Parrakeets (sic) at Loro Parque," Avicultural Magazine, 93 (1987B): 198-201 (re: grey cheeks & cobalt wing).
  • Pinto, Míriam Plaza; Mathias, Pablo Vinícius Clemente; Blamires, Daniel Blamires; Diniz-Filho,  José Alexandre Felizola and Bini, Luis Mauricio. "Selecting priority areas to conserve Psittacines in the Brazilian cerrado: minimizing human–conservation conflicts, Bird Conservation International, 2007, 17:1:13-22 (Abstract).
  • Tello, Jose G. "Frugivores at a fruiting Ficus in south-eastern Peru," Journal of Tropical Ecology, 2003, 19:6:717-721 (Cambridge Journals).

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