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Pearly Parakeet Pyrrhura lepida

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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Distinguishing Characteristics

The Pearly Parakeet is a medium sized, mostly green parakeet with a dusky gray-brown head, white eyering, and mostly green underparts with a long, maroon tail.

Similar Species

In areas where ranges overlap, Pearly Parakeets may be confused with juvenile Crimson-bellied Parakeets who lack the bright scarlet of adults. Fiery-shouldered Parakeets look similar but have a horn-colored bill, lack any blue on the stomach or nape, and have orange and yellow underwing coverts. They also do not overlap in range.

Detailed Description

 Adult: Sexes similar. Mantle is green. Head is mainly dark gray with buff-colored ear coverts with green and blue cheeks. White orbital ring. Bill is dark gray and hooked, with a very light gray cere. Upper breast and throat is scaly and buff-colored, merging with blue towards the stomach. Lower belly is green tinged with blue and some red. Undertail coverts are blue and long, graduated tail is dark red. Underwing is scarlet red (subspecies Pyrrhura lepida anerythra lacks this). Primaries are dark blue while the secondaries are blue-green.

Bare Parts

Iris: Dark brown

Bill: Dark gray

Orbital ring: White

Tarsi and toes: dark gray

Recommended Citation

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