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Grey-cheeked Parakeet

 (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera)

Also known as: Orange-winged Parakeet

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Grey-cheeked Parakeet perched
© Glenn Bartley

Did You Know?

The Grey-cheeked Parakeet will nest in cavities in large trees or will take up residence in an arboreal termitarium (termite mound in tree.)

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Species Profile

Genus: Brotogeris | Species: pyrrhoptera

Size:

20cm (7.8 in)

Weight:

45-60g (1.6-2.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults green to yellow/green in general; blue/green crown; pale gray lores, chin and cheeks to ear coverts; dark blue primary coverts; orange/red underwing coverts and axillaries. Bill horn in colour with orange/brown tint. Eye ring bare and grey/white. Eye dark brown.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but with green crown without blue wash. Bill darker brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight are rapidly repeated trill notes. Calls while perched are shrill and unsong-like. Quiet otherwise.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb
Grey-cheeked Blogspot

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 122725, Grey-cheeked Parakeet Brotogeris pyrrhopterus, Macaulay, Linda, Guayas, Ecuador, Mar. 9 2002, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Grey-cheeked Parakeet perched
© Glenn Bartley

Did You Know?

The Grey-cheeked Parakeet will nest in cavities in large trees or will take up residence in an arboreal termitarium (termite mound in tree.)

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris pyrrhoptera

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common until the 1970s, then became much rarer.

Longevity:

15 yrs

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, minimum length 2m (6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, cactus fruits, pomegranate, forming about 30 percent of diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans, peas in the pod; fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion; spray millet; small seed mix such as: millet, canary and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and little hemp; soaked and sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses and boiled maize; limited cubes of hard cheese; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Provide lots of toys to keep these active birds busy such as puzzle toys, foraging toys and branches, bird-safe woods and heat sterilized pine cones, vegetable tanned leather chew toys. Provide area for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log or 7" x 7" x 24" (17.8cm x 17.8cm x 61cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

4-5

Incubation Time:

25-26 days

Fledging Age:

6-8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Brotogeris Society International

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Grey-cheeked Parakeet perched
© Glenn Bartley

Did You Know?

The Grey-cheeked Parakeet will nest in cavities in large trees or will take up residence in an arboreal termitarium (termite mound in tree.)

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris pyrrhoptera

Species Wild Status

World Population:

15,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The primary threat to this species is the wild bird trade. Habitat is also being lost through logging, agriculture, and overgrazing. Persecution as crop pest may be significant.

Range:

Found in SW Ecuador and NW Peru.

Habitat:

Seen in variety of wooded habitats up to 1500m (4950 ft). Prefers primary deciduous woodland with Ceiba trichistandra but will also reside in degraded and secondary forests, premontane dry forest, arid Acacia scrubland and farmland with large trees next to forest. Also has been seen in banana plantations.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on flowers and seeds of large trees including Erythina, Chorisia and Cavanillesia plantifolia, Cecropia catkins, Ceiba fruits and Ficus figs. Will sometimes feed on banana.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in pairs and flocks of up to a dozen, but rarely seen in groups of hundreds (less so in recent years). Will sometimes associate with other species of parrots such as the Red-masked Conure and Bronze-winged Parrot. Main breeding season is likely to coincide with the wet season.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-5 rounded eggs, 23.0 x 18.0mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

January-March

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Neotropical Unit
Arkive

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Grey-cheeked Parakeet perched
© Glenn Bartley

Did You Know?

The Grey-cheeked Parakeet will nest in cavities in large trees or will take up residence in an arboreal termitarium (termite mound in tree.)

Academic Research

Related publications: Brotogeris pyrrhoptera

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