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Painted Parakeet Pyrrhura picta

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
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  • © Ciro Albano

The Painted Parakeet is a strikingly colored resident of the coastal mountains of Venezuela, and of the lowands of northeastern South America, from southern Venezuela east across northern Brazil and the Guianas. Displaying a characteristic blue forehead and forecrown, these birds are largely green with a brown crown and brown or maroon sides of the face; whitish auriculars; and has buff and reddish brown scaling on the sides of the neck and breast. The carpal area of the wing is red, and the primaries are blue. The center of the belly and the tail are red. These parakeets inhabit humid terra firme forest, seasonally flooded forest, cloud forest, coastal sand ridge and savanna and even partly cleared areas. Painted Parakeets are generally found in flocks throughout the canopy or lower stages of forest where they forage for a wide variety of fruits, seeds and flowers, occasionally eating algae from the surface of deep pools.

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© Curtis Marantz

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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