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Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Birds of NE Brazil
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Cactus Parakeet
Aratinga cactorum
Periquito-da-caatinga
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Calls of Cactus Parakeet (Aratinga cactorum)
17/03/2012, 16h59. RPPN Mãe-da-lua, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. h1795. (c) H. Redies.
Sound h1795. Krre-krre calls of Cactus Parakeet.

There are three similar series of calls in this recording. The sonogram above depicts the second of these series, consisting of six Krre notes. During the recording, I was sitting in a hide about 10 meters away from a nest of Aratinga cactorum. I could not see the vocalizing bird, but I assume that it was one of the owners of the nest.

The krre call are typical and very common vocalizations of Aratinga cactorum, and can be used to identify the species. Check also h1805.

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04/01/2009, 05h38. RPPN Mãe-da-lua, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. h1805 (extract). (c) H. Redies.
Sound h1805 (extract). Sounds of a group of 30-40 Cactus Parakeets, that were sitting in a tree, and flew away when I came closer. Many of the calls are similar to the krre-krre calls of h1795. At 42 seconds, when the birds take off, the whole group seems to be vocalizing at the same time.

Sound was filtered (with sox V14.3.2. option: sinc 1200-15000) to eliminate disturbing mic handling noise. There is some oversteering, because of the loud krre calls.

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Calls of Cactus Parakeet (Aratinga cactorum)
21/09/2010, 05h30. RPPN Mãe-da-lua, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. h52. (c) H. Redies.
Sound h52. Pair of Cactus Parakeets, calling during flight, while passing next to me. There are three similar vocalizations in this recording, the sonogram showing the first one. I cannot tell whether the entire sound is produced by one bird, or whether the first part is given by one member of the pair, and the second part by the other member.

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Calls of Cactus Parakeet (Aratinga cactorum)
25/10/2010, 17h07. RPPN Mãe-da-lua, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. h1803. (c) H. Redies.
Sound h1803. Sounds of a group of 10-15 Cactus Parakeets which flew over me in Mãe-da-lua reserve. The sonogram shows first two seconds of the recording. The variability of the notes is striking (see also h52).

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Calls of Cactus Parakeet (Aratinga cactorum)
13/12/2007, 13h46. RPPN Mãe-da-lua, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. h57. (c) H. Redies.
Sound h57. Sounds of a pair of Cactus Parakeets, apparently engaged in courtship, in a tree about 15 meters from me. The sonogram shows the last 2.5 seconds of sound h57, with one note being repeated four times (N1, N2, N3, N4); I heard this sound also on other occasions, and I suppose it is part of the basic repertoire of the (local?) parakeet population.

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Calls of Cactus Parakeet (Aratinga cactorum)
06/01/2008, 07h43. RPPN Mãe-da-lua, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. h58. (c) H. Redies.
Sound h58 (extract). Note "A" at the end of recording h58 is a little unusual. Maybe, it is an imitation of another species, for example of Tachybaptus dominicus?

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