Jamaican Parakeet
Eupsittula nana


  • Scientific name:

    Eupsittula nana

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  • Common names:

    Olive-throated parakeet, Jamaican parakeet


  • Morphology:

    Jamaican parakeets are green on their head, back, and tail. Their throat and upper breast area are olive, hence also the name olive-throated parakeets. Lower on the body they are more olive and the tip of their wings is blue. Their eyes are orange and the bare skin around the eye is a cream color. They have a bone-gray colored beak and their feet have a pink-grey tone. They are 20 to 26 cm long.

  • Reproduction:

    Jamaican parakeets breed one time between April and May. They nest in termite holes and lay 3 to 5 eggs which hatch in 26 to 27 days. After about 50 days the fledglings leave the nest.

  • Diet:

    They feed from seeds, fruits, legumes, leaves and flowers. They can be seen eating in trees and corn fields as well as in other crop fields.


  • Range:

    Vastly distributed through Central America (from Mexico to Panama) and some caribbean islands (Cayman Islands, Jamaica and The Hispaniola).

  • Habitat:

    Extended in wooded hills, mountain slopes, bushes, fields and gardens in wetlands or semi-arid areas from sea level up to mid-elevation forest.


  • Furtive hunting at a small scale for pet trade as well as for food or pest control in crop fields.
    IUCN Red List: Near threatened.