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Pyrrhura perlata

Crimson-bellied Parakeet

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae


Pyrrhura perlata

Apiacás, Mato Grosso, Brazil; 14 July 2013 © Cal Martins

The Crimson-bellied Parakeet is a resident of Brazil from western Pará and eastern Amazonas south to Mato Grosso and northern Bolivia. These colorful parrots have a dark brown head with buff flecking on the hind-crown and ear-coverts, green shading into blue on the upper cheek, buff scaling on the sides of the neck and upper breast, and red on the lower breast, belly, shoulder and lesser underwing-coverts.  Blue appears on the flanks, thighs, vent, wing coverts and flight feathers,  the wings and back are green and the tail is brownish-red tail a blue tip. These parrots prefer the dense vegetation found in second growth and the edges of humid lowland forest. Crimson-bellied Parakeets have a varied diet including the fruit of such plants as Tram Micrnatha, and the flowers of Bertholletia excelsa and Dioclea glabra. Despite habitat loss in parts of its range, populations of this species appear stable.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Crimson-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura perlata), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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