Nonnatives - Blossom-headed Parakeet

Blossom-headed Parakeet - Psittacula roseata

 

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1984

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  Not reported breeding.

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives: Members of the parrot family carry Newcastle disease, identified in 1971, which can infect native songbirds, game birds, domestic chickens and turkeys, and other exotic bird species. The native bird species can be infected by smuggled exotic birds and birds not properly quarantined that are released into the wild. This species also breeds in cavities which might limit the number available to native cavity nesters.

Species Account: Native to the Himalayas. The sightings in Florida are escaped caged birds.

Habitats: 

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Hillsborough 1984   Not reported breeding  

References

Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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