Nonnatives - Orange-fronted Parakeet

Orange-fronted Parakeet - Aratinga canicularis


Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1972

Extirpated year: 1988

Established status: Species were formerly present in Florida, but are no longer present.

Estimated Florida range: 4 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: No current population

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 Mexico, where it is a forest dweller.

Habitats: Central or core urban area.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Broward 1970's   Not reported breeding  
Dade 1972 1988 Not reported breeding Probable breeding reported (Florida BBA 1986-91)
Monroe 1974   Not reported breeding  
Palm Beach 1970's   Not reported breeding  


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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