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Rose-faced Parrot

 (Pyrilia pulchra)

Also known as: Beautiful Parrot

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Rose-faced Parrot, Mashpi Amagusa, Ecuador
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Did You Know?

Two of the Pyrilia species are bare-headed: the Vulturine Parrot (P. vulturina) and the Orange-headed Parrot (P. aurantiocephala).

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrilia pulchra

Species Profile

Genus: Pyrilia | Species: pulchra

Size:

23cm (9 in)

Weight:

203-208g (7.1-7.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults mainly green in colour; dark grey/brown crown to nape; rose/pink lores to area around eye, ear coverts and hindcheeks; pale rose chin and forecheeks; dull olive/yellow hindneck, reaching to breast where turns to greenish colour; orange and yellow lesser wing coverts and forewing; green axillary feathers and sides of underbody; green tail tipped with blue, with red at base. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring white. Eye yellow.

Colour Juvenile:

Rose/pink on face confined to superciliary line and ear coverts; green/brown cheeks and chin; more green to crown and nape; olive/yellow tinge to green breast. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight are harsh and shrieking.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 139042, Rose-faced Parrot Pionopsitta pulchra, Macaulay, Linda, Ecuador, Sep. 22 2003, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition

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Rose-faced Parrot, Mashpi Amagusa, Ecuador
© Paul Bartlett | www.hbw.com/ibc/1493127

Did You Know?

Two of the Pyrilia species are bare-headed: the Vulturine Parrot (P. vulturina) and the Orange-headed Parrot (P. aurantiocephala).

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrilia pulchra

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not usually seen in aviculture.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Large, planted and sheltered aviary, preferrably indoors. Minimum temperature 20C (68 F).

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple, pear, ripe and unripe banana, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrots, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion, sowthistle, chickweed; seed mix such as: safflower, different types of millet, oats, hemp and small amount of sunflower; vitamin and mineral supplements.

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.

Click photo to visit gallery

Rose-faced Parrot, Mashpi Amagusa, Ecuador
© Paul Bartlett | www.hbw.com/ibc/1493127

Did You Know?

Two of the Pyrilia species are bare-headed: the Vulturine Parrot (P. vulturina) and the Orange-headed Parrot (P. aurantiocephala).

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrilia pulchra

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The species is thought to be uncommon and sparsely distributed.

Range:

West of Andes in Colombia and W Ecuador.

Habitat:

Found up to 1600m (5248 ft) in mature wet evergreen forest and forest edge, tall secondary growth, plantations and clearings with scattered trees.

Wild Diet:

Small fruits and some cultivated bananas.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Social, forming flocks of 25 or more. Forages in middle and upper storeys of canopy. Will perch conspicuously on dead branches overlooking the canopy. Flight is unique; swift with jerky sideways movements and upraised wings.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

November-March

Related Links:

AvianWeb
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

Click photo to visit gallery

Rose-faced Parrot, Mashpi Amagusa, Ecuador
© Paul Bartlett | www.hbw.com/ibc/1493127

Did You Know?

Two of the Pyrilia species are bare-headed: the Vulturine Parrot (P. vulturina) and the Orange-headed Parrot (P. aurantiocephala).

Academic Research

Related publications: Pyrilia pulchra

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