One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small parrot with predominantly green plumage and a long tail.
Family Psittacidae: five genera, e.g. Psittacula of Asia and Africa and Cyanoramphus of Australasia, and many species
- ‘The echo parakeet is probably the most intensively managed bird in the world today, and it frustrates Jones that endangered species elsewhere are not supported with the same offensive onslaught.’
- ‘He has shared his yard north of Santa Monica, California, with many species of birds, including the black-hooded parakeet, for 25 years.’
- ‘Aplomado falcons, and parakeets, are still pretty common in Mexico.’
- ‘Crows, Cuckoos and Parakeets are very destructive, parakeets not only destroy fruit tree buds but also raid nests and kill nestlings.’
- ‘Forest wagtails, flycatchers, rose-ringed parakeet and black-crested buzzard always made the metro their home.’
Mid 16th century: from Old French paroquet, Italian parrocchetto, and Spanish periquito; origin uncertain, perhaps (via Italian) based on a diminutive meaning ‘little wig’, referring to head plumage, or (via Spanish) based on a diminutive of the given name Pedro.
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