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Cordilleran Conure

 (Psittacara frontatus)
 
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Species Profile

Genus: Psittacara | Species: frontatus

Size:

38cm (15 in.)

Weight:

200-240g (7-8.4 oz.)

Races including nominate:

two: P.f. frontatus, P.f. minor

Colour Adult:

P.f. frontatus: Both adults red forecrown; red around lores and eyes; red thighs and bend of wing to carpal edge. Large in size.
P.f. minor: Both adults as in frontatus, but smaller in size; overall colour darker without bronze/yellow tinge of frontatus; red on thighs paler and more extensive; upper mandible notch rounded.

Colour Juvenile:

Not recorded.

Call:

Calls made in flight are repetitious and high-pitched, discordant notes; higher in pitch than that of Mitred Conure Psittacara mitrata.

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Species Care

Captive Status:

Not recorded.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Not recorded.

Diet:

Not recorded.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

Not recorded.

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The species has been heavily trafficked; wild-caught individuals were recorded in international trade before it was listed on CITES Appendix II. International trade declined rapidly after the 1980s, but rose again in the early 1990s. Habitat loss is presumed to have some effect, as well as persecution as a crop pest.

Range:

P.f. frontatus: Pacific slope of Andes in S Ecuador and W Peru, south to Tacna.
P.f. minor: C Andes of Peru from Rio Maranon valley, Amazonas and possibly Zumba district in nearby S Ecuador, south to Ayacucho and Apurimac.

Habitat:

Inhabits semi-arid cloud forest and similar areas to P. wagleri but is generally relies more on semi-humid or humid montane scrub, including cactus formations.

Wild Diet:

Unknown, but noted to visit orchards and corn fields.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in social groups of up to 20; occasionally 300 or more. Feeds in the canopy and roosts at dusk in communal roosting areas in cliffs, which are also required for nesting.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Likely 3-4 eggs, as in P. wagleri.

Breeding Season:

Timing unknown, but apparently nests colonially in cliff faces.

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