Red-spectacled Parrot Amazona pretrei

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Apparently no more than a very rare vagrant to Paraguay and Argentina, the Red-spectacled Parrot is fundamentally endemic to Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, where it is an inhabitant of Araucaria forest in the north, as well as being more widely in the lowland broadleaf woodlands that punctuate the savannas across the south of the state. The species is partially migratory, moving north in winter, at which season it also, at least periodically, reaches the adjacent state of Santa Catarina. The Red-spectacled Parrot is basically a large, green, parrot, but there is a reasonably extensive and noticeable patch of red at the bend of the wing, and another on the forehead, which continues in the form of ‘spectacles’ around the eyes. It is considered most closely related to the Tucuman Parrot (Amazona tucumana) of northwest Argentina and, at least formerly, southwest Bolivia, and these two species are thought to comprise a superspecies.

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Recommended Citation

Red-spectacled Parrot (Amazona pretrei), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: