Scarlet-fronted Parakeet Psittacara wagleri

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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  • © Alonso Quevedo Gil

Scarlet-fronted Parakeet is locally fairly common from 1000 to 2500m, in humid montane forests of the subtropical and temperate zones. It has a patchy distribution from Venezuela south through Peru. Its movements within this range remain poorly understood, however, and it is declining in Colombia, and is rare and local throughout Ecuador. 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, 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 (especially juveniles) to Red-masked Parakeet (Psittacara erythrogenys), which has more red on the crown and on the cheeks, as well as red on the underwings.

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

Recommended Citation

Scarlet-fronted Parakeet (Psittacara wagleri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: