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Red-faced Parrot

 (Hapalopsittaca pyrrhops)
 
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This parrot is usually solitary or in the breeding season seen in pairs.

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Species Profile

Genus: Hapalopsittaca | Species: pyrrhops

Size:

23cm (9 in)

Weight:

Not available

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults: dark red forehead and lores to area in front of cheeks and chin; crown and nape green with tint of blue; area behind cheeks and ear-coverts green, with green/yellow shafts; various feathers of abdomen tipped red.  Bend of wing and carpal edge to lesser, outer middle and lesser underwing coverts deep red; tail green tipped purple.  Bill horn-coloured with blue/grey base of upper mandible.  Eye green/yellow.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but duller; duller red on face and bend of wing to lesser wing coverts.

Call:

Described as generally harsh and screechy. Two syllable calls.  First part is rasping, second part higher-pitched.  Will give calls while perched or feeding.  Young sound different-chattering and laugh-like.

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Content Sources:

BirdLife International
CITES
ML Media Collection Catalogue 65992, Red-faced Parrot Hapalopsittaca pyrrhops, Krabbe, Niels, Loja, Ecuador, Nov. 11 1992, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition

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Red-faced Parrots foraging
© Nick Athanas

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This parrot is usually solitary or in the breeding season seen in pairs.

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Species Care

Captive Status:

Unknown in aviculture.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Not available

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

3

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Red-faced Parrots foraging
© Nick Athanas

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This parrot is usually solitary or in the breeding season seen in pairs.

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Related publications: Hapalopsittaca pyrrhops

Species Wild Status

World Population:

3500 - 15,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Habitat destruction and fragmentation through slash and burn conversion to agriculture.

Range:

Found on the slopes of the Andes in N Peru and S Ecuador.

Habitat:

Found from 2400-3500m (7872-11,480 ft). Inhabits wet upper montane forest in the temperate zone including mossy growth areas, open woodlands and shrubbery. Also reported in fragmented forest with varying degrees of degradation. Will tolerate secondary forest.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruits, berries, shoots, flowers, seeds, pods and parts of two Ericaceous trees.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious, almost always seen in flocks of up to 20 birds. Resident, with local movements in response to food availability.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 eggs

Breeding Season:

Evidence for breeding in August-September, October-January, February-March.

Related Links:

Cornell Neotropical Unit
Arkive

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Red-faced Parrots foraging
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This parrot is usually solitary or in the breeding season seen in pairs.

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