This bird is native to South America from southeast Bolivia to southwest Brazil, central Paraguay and northern Argentina. It has also been introduced in North America with colonies reported in the southern and eastern parts of the United States.
These birds spend their day perching on trees or foraging on the ground, low bushes or tall grass. They feed on seeds, fruits, palm nuts, berries, flowers and buds. Black-hooded conures are not shy, but they are difficult to detect because they are well camouflaged by their colorful green plumage. However, their loud screeching sometimes gives them away.
Black-hooded Parakeets usually find holes in trees to nest in. After raising their young, all birds will form rather large communal roosts until the next breeding season.
The above picture was taken in the Attica Zoological Park, Athens, Greece, in July 2008.
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