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SPECIES INFO

The Cuban Parakeet (Aratinga euops) is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family. In Cuba it is commonly known as catey. It is endemic to the island of Cuba. It became extinct on the Isla de Pinos south of Cuba soon after 1900. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, and arable land. The species breeds seasonally, nesting from April to July. It nests in holes in trees or termite nests, particularly those created by the Cuban Green Woodpecker. Three to five eggs are incubated for around 22 days, and the nestling period is between 45-50 days. The species was once very common but is now much reduced due to habitat loss and trapping for the cagebird trade. As a consequence it is now listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.





                                     



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