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Maroon-bellied Parakeet Pyrrhura frontalis

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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These colorful parakeets are found from southern Brazil to southeastern Paraguay and northern Argentina. Maroon-bellied Parakeets are green overall with a rufous frontal band, black lores, reddish brown ear coverts, and brown edged yellow-green feathers on the chin and breast. Aptly named, Maroon-bellied Parakeets do in fact have a maroon belly, as well as maroon on the distal third of its otherwise yellow-green tail. The race chiripepe, found in southeastern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina, has no maroon on the tail and has orange-red coloration on the bend of its wings. The range of the Maroon-bellied Parakeet is tied to the distribution of Araucaria, the nuts of which make up one of the parakeets main food sources. Thus in the northern portion of its range, the Maroon-bellied Parakeet is found in humid montane evergreen forest and in the south of its range these birds are found in low-lying woodland and gallery forest. Common across much of their range, these birds are considered pests in Argentina, and historically were captured and exported in large numbers.

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© Ted Parker

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  • Breeding
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Recommended Citation

Maroon-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura frontalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: