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This fairly recently-split species is listed as Endangered owing to a very rapid reduction in its population size during the last three decades. Although it was formerly fairly common, trapping for the cagebird trade has extirpated it from much of its former range and it is now in urgent need of effective protection.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Aratinga solstitialis (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993; Stotz et al. 1996) has been split into A. solstitialis and A. pintoi by SACC (2008); this treatment is under review by the BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group. Use of the specific name maculata instead of pintoi follows SACC (2011).
30cm. A predominantly golden-orange parakeet with orange-red face and belly. Yellow extends from head to vent and thighs across underparts and onto back rump and shoulders on upperparts. Wing coverts, primaries secondaries and tail a suffusion of yellow, green and blue tones.
Collar, N. J.; Butchart, S. H. M. 2013. Conservation breeding and avian diversity: chances and challenges. International Zoo Yearbook.
Laranjeiras, T.O.; Torres, M.F.; Quitiaqueza, J.J.R.; Holderbaum, J.M. 2011. New records of Sun Parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis) in Roraima, Brazil, and its current area of occurrence. IX Congreso de Ornitología Neotropical: 516.
Mittermeier, J. C.; Zyskowski, K.; Stowe, E. S.; Lai, J. E. 2010. Avifauna of the Sipaliwini Savanna (Suriname) with insights into its biogeographic affinities . Bulletin of Peabody Museum of Natural History 51(1): 97-122.
Silveira, L. F., de Lima, F. C. T.; Höfling, E. 2005. A new species of Aratinga parakeet (Psittaciformes: Psittacidae) from Brazil, with taxonomic remarks on the Aratinga solstitialis complex. The Auk 122: 292-305.
Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Mahood, S., Sharpe, C J & Symes, A.
Arndt, T., Gilardi, J., Pracontal, N., Santos, M., Silveira, L., Zimmer, K., Gilardi, J., Laranjeiras, T. & Orsi, T.
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Aratinga solstitialis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/04/2014.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Endangered|
|Species name author||(Linnaeus, 1758)|
|Population size||1000-2499 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||63,700 km2|
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