Nanday Parakeet


(Aratinga nendaya - formerly Nandayus nenday)

Also known as Black-hooded Parakeet, Nanday Parakeet is one of a number of Psittacids in North America that are descendants of escapees, but have established small populations in certain suburban areas, primarily in Florida and California. They are native to South America.  As of November, 2012 Nanday Parakeet is an ABA “countable” species. It was placed into the genus Aratinga in July, 2014.

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7 Responses to Nanday Parakeet

  1. Vivian Rieger says:

    I have 5 black hooded parakeets visiting my feeder. I’m in St. John’s county, St. Augustine, on the barrier islands, Summer Haven area.

  2. Jan Hartman says:

    We have a few in Dunedin Fl- They have taken over an old Pileated Wood Pecker hole

  3. Janet says:

    Aha!! We have black-hooded parakeets that have taken over our Pileated Woodpecker cavity! They are easy (and noisy) to spy on Venice Island!

  4. Marnie says:

    I will be heading to Florida in April/May of 2016. What is the most reliable place in South Florida to see the Nanday Parakeets? I could use some help on a location, please. Thanks.

    • john says:

      Three places to look are Snook Island Natural Area (where Lake Worth Road meets the Intracoastal), Loxahatchee NWR (off route 441 in Boynton Beach) on the wires along the main road just past the left turn to the Marsh Trail, and Boynton Beach Inlet Park. Remember that parakeets are nomadic during the day. They come and go to their roosting areas, so you have to time it lucky – but the more patience you have the luckier you will be.

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