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Maroon-fronted Parrot Rhynchopsitta terrisi

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Janet M. Ruth, Thomas S. Schulenberg, and Chelsea Kendrick

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The calls of Maroon-fronted Parrot variously have been described as "low, mellow, and far-carrying calls [that are] slightly harsher when flying [and] more subdued when perched … rrahk and kyah-kyah, and a laughing chatter krrah-rrah rah-rah rah-rah" (Howell and Webb 1995), and as a high pitched, rolling cr-a ak (Juniper and Parr 1998)). The calls are loud; Ely (1962) described the vocalizations of large flocks of Maroon-fronted Parrots as "deafening". The quieter calls of these parrots, when perched, can be reminiscent of the "laughing" calls of distant Acorn Woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus) (Robins and Heed 1951, Howell and Webb 1995). As Maroon-fronted Parrots occupy mountainous terrain, Howell and Webb (1995) also note that their vocalizations "can be frustratingly hard to locate as calls echo through canyons and off rock faces".

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Maroon-fronted Parrot can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Ruth, J. M., T. S. Schulenberg, and C. Kendrick (2015). Maroon-fronted Parrot (Rhynchopsitta terrisi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.