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Rufous-fronted Parakeet

 (Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons)
 
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Wild Rufous-fronted Parakeets
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The Rufous-fronted parakeet is the only small parrot in a very restricted, high altitude range.

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Species Profile

Genus: Bolborhynchus | Species: ferrugineifrons

Size:

18cm (7 in)

Weight:

Not recorded.

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general short, green parrots with red markings on face; red frontal mark, lores and base of lower mandible blue/green underwings; short rounded tail. Bill grey/yellow. Eye dark brown.

Colour Juvenile:

Not recorded.

Call:

Moderate, high-pitched chattering contact notes.

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Wild Rufous-fronted Parakeets
© David Alfonso Bejarano Bonilla

Did You Know?

The Rufous-fronted parakeet is the only small parrot in a very restricted, high altitude range.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

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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Wild Rufous-fronted Parakeets
© David Alfonso Bejarano Bonilla

Did You Know?

The Rufous-fronted parakeet is the only small parrot in a very restricted, high altitude range.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons

Species Wild Status

World Population:

2000-4000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Clearing of forest for agriculture; also widespread destruction of páramo vegetation, caused by slash burning, has affected numbers.

Range:

Found in Cordillera Central, C Colombia.

Habitat:

Occurs in cold, scrubby and sparsely wooded mountain slopes at around 2400-4000m (7872-13,120 ft). May be found in potato fields.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on grass seeds on the ground, herbs and flowers, including possibly Calamagrostis effusa, seeds of frailejones, and flowers and achenes of Espeletia hartwegiana. Seen taking salt from livestock mineral feeders.

Ecology and Behaviour:

May be nomadic outside of breeding season; gregarious, roosts communally on cliffs. Easily approached.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

Likely starting January. Nests are in rock face crevices.

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Wild Rufous-fronted Parakeets
© David Alfonso Bejarano Bonilla

Did You Know?

The Rufous-fronted parakeet is the only small parrot in a very restricted, high altitude range.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons

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