Parakeets! (Pericos)   Leave a comment

My brother-in-law Gito brought back 3 baby parakeets to the house around mid-day.  He took them from their nest, which looks more like a mud-igloo if you’ve every seen it.   Many houses in El Salvador in the country and some in the city have a parakeet (called a “perico” in Spanish) as a pet.

Pericos are funny looking when born.  They have no feathers, and look bald, naked and a bit ugly.   When their feathers do come in at first they are grey, and later, green ones come in.

Parakeets in El Salvador live in nests which they rob from the insect world.  They take over the nest of the comején.which is a type of termite.  My husband says they call the nest a “tarchinohl”  (not sure of spelling and for the life of me I cannot find this Spanish word anywhere, so it’s either Nahuatl and we can’t spell it right or some local Indian word, but definitely where my husband is from that’s the phonetic name for the nest).

My niece and mother-in-law feed them with corn meal mixed with water.



In a bucket with a peat-moss type flooring, with a towel on top mimics the warmth of the nest.



born bald and naked their heads look the funniest



See green feathers sprouting. Younger parakeet still so young he looks naked.



Here Carmen feeds him corn meal with water


picture of comejenParakeets in El Salvador take over termite nests to use as homes. Photo from


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