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Red-masked Parakeet Psittacara erythrogenys

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Kalodimos, Nicholas P.
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Red-masked Parakeet is the Aratinga of the dry forests of the lowlands of southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru. Its range abuts that of Scarlet-fronted Parakeet (Aratinga wagleri); Scarlet-fronted primarily occurs at higher elevations, in moister montane forests, but occasionally the two species may be found at the same sites. Red-masked Parakeet is grass green with a solid red plumage "mask" covering the forecrown, crown, lores and cheeks, along with red underwing coverts and red terminal tibiotarsal (leg) feathers. Red-masked Parakeet is a social species, and usually is encountered in flocks. Its diet is not well known but includes the seeds and fruit of several different tree species and Erythrina flowers. Red-masked Parakeet formerly was very common throughout its range, but the population has declined markedly in recent decades. Its IUCN Red List status is rated as Near-Threatened, but some authorities believe that it would be more accurate to classify Red-masked Parakeet as Vulnerable.

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

Recommended Citation

Kalodimos, Nicholas P. 2013. Red-masked Parakeet (Psittacara erythrogenys), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.rempar.01