Yellow-eared Parrot is a large, extremely rare parrot of the high Andes. It feeds on and nests in wax palms (Ceroxylon spp.), and the large-scale clearance of these trees has precipitated a major decline. Small numbers still persist in Colombia and far northern Ecuador, but sightings are generally sporadic. This is in part due to the nomadic movements of these birds, as flocks wander the landscape in search of fruiting palms. It is rather large, long-tailed and green overall with a contrasting yellow face, cheek, and breast.