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Red-masked Conure

 (Psittacara erythrogenys)

Also known as: Red-masked Parakeet, Red-headed Conure, Cherry-headed Conure

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Feral Red-masked Conure
© Frank Schulenburg | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Red-masked Conure will nest in a variety of places - from mature trees to termite nests; also one report of a nest in a cliff.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacara erythrogenys

Species Profile

Genus: Psittacara | Species: erythrogenys

Size:

33cm (12.8 in)

Weight:

165-200g (5.8-7 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults green in general, more yellow on underparts; red forecrown to lores and forecheeks; red bend of wing, carpal edge, outer underwing coverts and thighs. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring bare and buff/white. Eye dull yellow with grey inner ring.

Colour Juvenile:

Head all green, red markings absent; green thighs, yellow/green carpal edge, with varying orange/red feathers; less extensive red on bend of wing and outer underwing coverts. Eye grey.

Call:

Calls made in flight or when perched are raspy and screechy. Also louder, rasping and rapid-short two-note calls, the second note longer. Also buzzing notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
National Geographic Photo Ark
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Feral Red-masked Conure
© Frank Schulenburg | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Red-masked Conure will nest in a variety of places - from mature trees to termite nests; also one report of a nest in a cliff.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacara erythrogenys

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

Up to 25 yrs; 10-15 average.

Housing:

Aviary or suspended enclosure, 2-3m (6.5-9.8 ft), metal construction.

Diet:

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

Enrichment:

Vigorous chewers, so provide bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, fir, willow, elder and pine branches; heat sterilized pine cones, wooden block and vegetable tanned leather toys, swings, ladders, ropes and puzzle/foraging toys.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 12" x 12" x 18" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 45.7cm).

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

7-9 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Probably 10-11g (0.35-0.38 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Feral Red-masked Conure
© Frank Schulenburg | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Red-masked Conure will nest in a variety of places - from mature trees to termite nests; also one report of a nest in a cliff.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacara erythrogenys

Species Wild Status

World Population:

About 10,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species is threatened from the local wild bird trade in Peru and Ecuador, where mortality rates from poor handling and stress are high.

Range:

Lowlands and Pacific slope of W Ecuador and NW Peru, south to Lambayeque and Cajamarca. Introduced to Florida, California, US and Grand Cayman Island, Greater Antilles.

Habitat:

Found up to 2500m (8200 ft) in a variety of arid and humid areas including humid evergreen forest, deciduous forest, dry thorny scrub, degraded and fragmented forests, farmed areas with scattered trees, and near city areas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruits and flowers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Social and active, particularly outside of breeding season. Seen in groups of up to 12 birds with larger flocks of around 200 at communal roosts. May be seen in mixed flocks with Grey-cheeked Parakeets and Bronze-winged Parrots.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 rounded eggs, 31.0 x 25.5mm (1.2 x 1 in).

Breeding Season:

January-March

Related Links:

Wikipedia
The California Parrot Project
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

Click photo to visit gallery

Feral Red-masked Conure
© Frank Schulenburg | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Red-masked Conure will nest in a variety of places - from mature trees to termite nests; also one report of a nest in a cliff.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacara erythrogenys

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