Parakeet, Psilopsiagon aurifrons, has been seen on Alto
Andino tours from the altitude of (approx.) 2,800 to 4,400 masl
within the Province of Parinacota in northern Chile.
Perched on a Dunalia spinosa bush, this bird was photographed in
December 2001 just below Putre.
Tips on finding the parakeets:
1. Listen for what sounds like 10 budgies, and there will be 5 mountain
2. Often perched en masse in bushes, they look like Christmas tree
3. When the pears ripen at the lower levels of the Province, you'll find
them near Copaquilla.
4. Check out steep walls above cushion bogs and rivers.
© B. Knapton
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