The Gray-cheeked Parakeet is uncommon in a variety of habitats from primary deciduous forest to semi-arid acacia scrub. It is found in lower tropical zones of southwest Ecuador and extreme northwest Peru. This medium-sized parakeet is mostly green with a teal crown and nape, a pale gray face and throat, and a yellowish bill. The bases of the remiges are blue, and the underwing coverts are bright orange. Juveniles show less blue in the crown and are duller overall. This species often associates with Red-masked Parakeet and Bronze-winged Parrot in small groups.