Re: parakeets (white-winged & yellow-chevroned)

Alvaro Jaramillo


I don't know the details of the San Francisco population, but hasn't there
been a gradual change in the "Canary-winged Parakeet" populations in various
established populations in North America? I think that early on (70's - 80s)
the predominant species was the White-winged Parakeet, but more recently
Yellow-chevroned has become more common in the same North American
populations. Maybe I got the species backwards, but there has been a gradual
change in abundance between the two. Before the 90s the two had not been
split yet, so all were called Canary-winged. The reason for the population
change is that wild harvest for the pet trade shifted from a more northern
(Amazonian Brazil = White-winged) to southern (Southern Brazil to Argentina
= Yellow-chevroned) populations during that period. If this is the case, and
established North American populations have shifted from one taxon to the
other over time, it suggests that the changes have been caused by new
escapees into the population, they are likely not self sustaining. I am
going on memory here, so surely some of these details are wrong. Kimball
Garrett I the guy to ask about these established parakeet populations. In
any case, even seemingly well established populations may not be self



Alvaro Jaramillo
Half Moon Bay, CA

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-----Original Message-----
From: SFBirds@... [mailto:SFBirds@...] On Behalf
Of Dan Murphy
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:40 AM
To: Candy Mabry; Kem Hainebach; lewisellingham
Cc: SFBirds@...
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] parakeets (white-winged & yellow-chevroned)

Yellow-chevroned (once Canary-winged) Parakeets were
noted on one of the early SF Christmas Bird Count in
the mid 80's. I don't recall how many, maybe 25, but
I don't recall if they have been reported since. As
compiler it drives me nuts that we have a resident
population, but nobody reports them. They have
certainly been around at least since the 1970's.

Dan Murphy

--- Candy Mabry <candymabry@...> wrote:

I can confirm what Kem says about the birds in the
trees behind Notre Dame Plaza. I have worked at
the school behind Notre Dame Plaza for 16 years and
the birds have always been there in the palm trees.


Kem Hainebach <kemh@...> wrote:

When I lived on Cumberland Street, between Dolores
and Guerrero, from
1979 to 1987, I saw and heard them all the time,
strafing Cumberland
Street and roosting in trees in the park. In the
spring of 1990, I
started going to an office in the old convent (?) at
16 and Dolores
and noticed that they roosted in the fan palms
behind the building.
There were more there than I ever saw or heard in
the park. You might
want to check this location in late afternoon to see
what's there now.

When I moved to Eureka Street, between 19th and
20th, from 1987 to
2003, I still heard them occasionally when they
wandered that far
away from Dolores Street. I don't have any more
recent information,
since I moved to Corona Heights almost three years

Kem Hainebach

On Jan 24, 2006, at 9:43 AM, lewisellingham wrote:

For some years I have been watching the parakeets
at Dolores Park
in the City's Mission
District, quite near where I live. I believe I am
seeing fewer of
them in recent years, and
this seems confirmed from local anecdote with
passing park users. I
am wondering: (a) is
there a decline in their absolute numbers? or (b)
have they moved
elsewhere, or at least
have most of them?

Alan Hopkins tells me these are not Recognized
Birds in San
Francisco, and that part of the
reason is that no one followed (researched) them
in the early
years. Mark Bitner, in his
"The Parrots of Telegraph Hill", remarks that
these are the parrots
of Armisted Maupin's
"Chronicle" series in the 1970s, then living at
Telegraph Hill,
but later moving to The
Mission. So they are long here, longer than the
conures (red-masked
parakeets) of northern, and increasingly spreading
venues of San

My question: have others been seeing these
parakeets? And if so,

-Lew Ellingham

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