Nonnatives - Mitred Parakeet

Mitred Parakeet - Aratinga mitrata


Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1985

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  At least 10 years, 6 counties  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 Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. It is widespread in Miami, Dade County, in small numbers, where it sometimes breeds in dead royal palms in suburban areas (Florida BBA). The sightings in Florida are escaped caged birds.

Habitats: Central or core urban area.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Alachua 2000   Not reported breeding 1 present for 3 years (Pranty 2000b)
Broward 1980's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Dade 1985   At least 10 years Reported confirmed breeding (Florida BBA 1986-91)
Monroe 1990's   Not reported breeding  
Pinellas 1994   Not reported breeding  
Saint Johns 1991   Not reported breeding St. Augustine (Florida BBA 1986-9)
Sarasota 1990's   Not reported breeding  


Pranty, B. 1995c. Field observations [winter report: December 1994-February 1995]. Florida Field Naturalist 23:77-86.

Pranty, B. 2000b. Field observations [spring report: March to May 2000]. Florida Field Naturalist 28:204-215.

Pranty, B., and S. Epps. In preparation. The exotic parrot fauna of Broward County.

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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