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Red-masked Parakeet

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Believed to be a non-hybridPhoto by Pauhana Miami, Florida, March 2014
Believed to be a non-hybrid
Photo by Pauhana
Miami, Florida, March 2014
Psittacara erythrogenys


[edit] Identification

Photo by JanArras Lima, Peru, July 2005
Photo by JanArras
Lima, Peru, July 2005

33 cm (33 in)

  • Red forehead, crown and face
  • Bright green overall plumage
  • White eye-ring
  • Red underwing coverts, thighs, and the leading edge of the wings

For information regarding identifying Red-masked Parakeet from hybrids with Mitred Parakeet, see this thread in the ID forum.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in arid littoral of western Ecuador and north-western Peru.

Feral in the USA (San Francisco, greater Los Angeles, parts of Florida), and parts of the Antilles. Feral flocks may be intermingled with other species, notably Mitred Parakeet, with which this species can hybridize.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in genus Aratinga.

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Deciduous woodland and bordering areas, including acacia scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Probably varies with season and habitat, but includes fruit. There is little other detailed information available.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in termite mounds or tree holes. The clutch consists of 3-4 eggs which are incubated for 23-24 days. The young fledge after 50 days.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
  3. BF Member observations

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