The Red-eared Parakeet is endemic to northern Venezueala. One subspecies is known only from the northern end of the Andes, in southeastern Lara; this subspecies is very poorly known. The nominate subspecies is common in the coastal cordilleras of northern Venezuela, where it occurs from Aragua east to Miranda. There is no known overlap with the other species of Pyrrhura in the coastal mountains of Venezuela, the subspecies emma and auricularis of Painted Parakeet (Pyrrhura picta). The Red-eared Parakeet is mostly green, with a patch of red on the auriculars, blue primaries, dark red rectrices, a red center to the belly, and some faint dusky scaling on the breast. As do other species of Pyrrhura, Red-eared Parakeets fly in small, close flocks, often in twisting flight through the canopy, and feed on fruit in the canopy; otherwise very little is known about the biology of this species. Despite its small geographic range, the Red-eared Parakeet is not classified as a threatened species.