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Rusty-faced Parrot Hapalopsittaca amazonina

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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This chunky, mainly green parrot has a dull orange crown, yellow lores, orange-red cheeks with yellow streaking, a red shoulder patch, blue secondary coverts, and dark bluish primaries; the tail is red with a violet tip. It is now rather rare (treated as Vulnerable under IUCN criteria for analyzing threat) and locally distributed, ranging through the Andes of western Venezuela, and through eastern and central Colombia. The species’ decline has been mainly caused by extensive deforestation within its distribution, and unlike many parrots it is probably not traded. The Rusty-faced Parrot is found in epiphyte-rich cloud forest, subtropical forest and treeline scrub, and feeds mainly in the canopy on fruit, blossoms and seeds.

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© Paul A. Schwartz

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

Recommended Citation

Rusty-faced Parrot (Hapalopsittaca amazonina), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: