Archived 2010-2011 topics: Golden-capped Parakeet (Aratinga auricapillus): request for information

Link to BirdLife species factsheet for Golden-capped Parakeet

Golden-capped Parakeet Aratinga auricapillus is listed as Near Threatened under criteria C1; C2, on the basis that its population is estimated to number at least 10,000 mature individuals and is suspected to be in decline owing to continued habitat destruction. The species was downlisted from Vulnerable in 2004 because it was found to persist in secondary forest (Cordeiro 2002) and demonstrates flexibility in habitat use, being found in landscapes with a mosaic of forest fragments, pasture and cultivation, and also in cerrado in some areas (F. Olmos in litt. 2003).

Habitat loss and fragmentation are ongoing, primarily driven by the expansion of agriculture (Snyder et al. 2000). In addition, trapping for the pet trade is still a potential threat; however, its effect is very difficult to judge owing to high numbers of captive-bred birds (L. F. Silveira in litt. 1999).

Recently, concerns have been raised that this species may have been incorrectly downlisted from Vulnerable in 2004 (J. Gilardi in litt. 2010). In reaction to these comments a request is made for up-to-date information on the species’s population size, estimated population trend over 21 years (estimate of three generations) and the severity of threats to assist in the evaluation of its threat status. In addition, confirmation is required of the sub-population structure, specifically the maximum number of individuals in a single sub-population.

Cordeiro, P. H. C. (2002) A fragmentaçao da Mata Atlântica no sul da Bahia e suas implicaçoes na conservaçao dos psitacídeos. Pp. 215-227 in Galetti, M. and Pizo, M.A., eds. Ecologia e conservaçao de psitacídeos no Brasil. Melopsittacus Publicaçoes Científicas: Belo Horizonte.

Snyder, N., McGowan, P., Gilardi, J. and Grajal, A. (2000) Parrots: status survey and conservation action plan 2000-2004. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

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1 Response to Archived 2010-2011 topics: Golden-capped Parakeet (Aratinga auricapillus): request for information

  1. This parakeet is very common along rio Grande basin, mainly in south-central of Minas Gerais state, region characterized by a vegetation mosaic of Atlantic forest and Cerrado. Aratinga auricapillus seems ecologically plastic and always appears in modified habitats locally, such forest edges, corn crops and urban areas. It’s remarkable that this birds breeding in high tree holes next human buildings and the trapping for the pet trade do not represent a threat for this species locally, because local people prefer as a pet Aratinga leucophthalma.

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