This parakeet is locally fairly common from 1,000 to 2,500m, found in humid montane forests of the subtropical and temperate zones. It ranges in a patchy distribution from Venezuela south through Peru. However, its movements within this range remain poorly understood, and it is declining in Colombia and rare and local throughout Ecuador. The Scarlet-fronted Parakeet is all green with a striking scarlet forecrown, extending just past the eyes, but never below them. The yellow eyes are surrounded by contrasting white orbital skin, and the bill is a dull horn color. The underparts are a slightly paler green, with the undertail and underwings a dull yellow-olive, lacking red except for the very leading edge of the wings. Some birds show red in the thighs as well. While it is found in a fairly broad range of forested habitats, preferring virgin forest but frequenting parks and orchards, the Scarlet-fronted Parakeet requires cliffs for both roosting and nesting. This species is often found chattering in loud groups in the canopy. It is worth noting its similarity to Red-masked Parakeet (especially juveniles), which has more red on the crown and in the cheeks, as well as red in the underwings.