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Yellow-eared Parrot

 (Ognorhynchus icterotis)

Also known as: Yellow-eared Parrot or Parakeet

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Wild Yellow-eared Conure
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The traditional roost site for Yellow-eared Conures in Ecuador has been purchased and is being re-forested, so that this bird may return to this area.

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Species Profile

Genus: Ognorhynchus | Species: icterotis

Size:

42cm (16.4 in)

Weight:

285g (10 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults large green parrots with long tail and heavy, grey/black bill; dark green upperparts; underparts pale green/yellow; yellow forehead, lores, upper cheeks and ear coverts; ear coverts elongated into plumes; pink/white bare skin at base of lower mandible. Eye ring bare and grey, eye orange.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but tail shorter and eye brown.

Call:

Unusual calls, nasal or goose-like notes given by members of group to produce far-carrying, conversational sounds.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Yellow-eared Parrot Bird Reserve
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
ML Media Collection Catalogue 165268, Yellow-eared Parrot Ognorhynchus icterotis, Sarver, Matthew, Antioquia, Colombia, Dec. 12 2009, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots, Forshaw, 2017.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Yellow-eared Conure
© Felix Uribe | Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

The traditional roost site for Yellow-eared Conures in Ecuador has been purchased and is being re-forested, so that this bird may return to this area.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Ognorhynchus icterotis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Extremely rare

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Not recorded.

Diet:

Not recorded.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

4

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 Yellow-eared Conure
© Felix Uribe | Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

The traditional roost site for Yellow-eared Conures in Ecuador has been purchased and is being re-forested, so that this bird may return to this area.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Ognorhynchus icterotis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Over 1400

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

Habitat loss and degradation (90-93% in Colombia), wax palm mortality, this tree being important to their survival; hunting and trapping for bird trade.

Range:

Found in the Andean highlands in NW Ecuador, north from Pichincha and W Cotopaxi, and W Colombia, north to Antioquia and NW Norte de Santander. Recently found only from degraded localities in Cordillera Central, Colombia, and W Cotopaxi, Ecuador.

Habitat:

Found in areas with Ceroxylon wax palm trees in upland humid mountain forest. Will tolerate partially cleared areas.

Wild Diet:

Reported to feed on Ceroxylon quindiuense and C. alpinum and possibly fruit from other species in this genus; other fruits of Sanurania and Sapium spp, and Podocarpus and Euphorbiaceae.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Generally seen in small flocks or, in the breeding season, pairs. Are highly mobile, probably in response to food availability. Active at dawn feeding, then returning to roost in mid-afternoon. Noisy and conspicuous in flight. Birds roost communally.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4 eggs

Breeding Season:

Northern Tolima: May, Huila: March, Ecuador: July-October.

Related Links:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds
 

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Wild Yellow-eared Conure
© Felix Uribe | Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

The traditional roost site for Yellow-eared Conures in Ecuador has been purchased and is being re-forested, so that this bird may return to this area.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Ognorhynchus icterotis

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