The gregarious Hispaniolan parakeet can be seen flying swiftly in flocks, which screech continuously as they move (6). Within each flock, this parakeet forms pairs, which nest together in the holes and hollows of old trees, or in termite nests situated in trees (4) (6). A nest with eggs has been found in May and a nest with chicks was discovered in February, which suggests that this bird has a long breeding season (8).
Seeds, fruits, nuts and berries form the bulk of the Hispaniolan parakeet’s diet, although leaf buds and blossoms are also thought to be eaten. It will also feed in maize fields; a habit that has contributed to this species’ decline (6).