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Rhynchopsitta terrisi

Maroon-fronted Parrot

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae



Conservation status

The IUCN Red List status of Maroon-fronted Parrot is Endangered (BirdLife International 2014) due to its small population (a population of 1,000-2,499 mature individuals and a distribution of only 1,300 km2 according to BirdLife International 2014). It is considered Endangered under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). Maroon-fronted Parrot also is considered a species at greatest risk of extinction by Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 15-49% of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.

Effects of human activity on populations

Maroon-fronted Parrot faces heightened risk because of its specialization on threatened Mexican pine-oak forest habitats. The primary threats to this species are continued logging of large-diameter trees, catastrophic wildfire, and lack of regeneration of pine seedlings due to heavy grazing by goats.

Recommended Citation

. 2010. Maroon-fronted Parrot (Rhynchopsitta terrisi), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: