Birds in the garden (BIG) 2: Prikichi

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Brown-throated parakeet. Pictures by Michelle Pors-da Costa Gomez

Top 10 Birds in the garden on Curaçao (2) – Brown-throated parakeet

The ‘lovely’ song of this green beauty wakes us up in the morning. What they haven’t got in melodiousness they have got in beauty!

ENGLISH: Brown-throated parakeet
DUTCH: Maisparkiet,
PAPIAMENTO: Prikichi,
SCIENTIFIC: (𝘌𝘶𝘱𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘹 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘹)

The Prikichi di Kòrsou is a bird, which is known as an endemic subspecies for our island. Aruba and Bonaire each have their own endemic subspecies and this is especially evident in the appearance of the animals. While the Bonairean parakeets have an almost entirely orange-yellow head, the Aruban subspecies has practically no yellow on the head. The Curaçaoan subspecies has a yellow-orange mask. With enough time these subspecies could have developed into endemic species specific to each particular island. Mankind, however, has put a stop to this by the age-old desire to keep birds as pets, subsequently causing Aruban and Bonairean subspecies to come to Curaçao and be released into the wild, mixing with the local subspecies. The same practice happened on sister islands Aruba and Bonaire. The 5 prikichi 3 350xprikichi eats everything fruity. Fruits and flowers of the columnar cacti, fruits in gardens and they love the fruits of the Machineel tree and the pods of the wabi or Acacia. The animals mainly nest in termite nests, where the high temperature inside, caused by the insects’ activity, incubates the eggs. In certain areas, they also breed in small burrows in calcareous or other geological formations.

 


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