Red-masked Parakeet

Psittacara erythrogenys

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

African and New World Parrots (Psittacidae)

Code 4

NON AOU

Code 6

Non AOU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Red-masked Parakeet has a small range, confined to its native nations of Ecuador and Peru. This bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest and dry savanna ecosystems. The global population of this bird is likely over 10,000 individuals but shows signs of decline that necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-masked Parakeet is Near Threatened.

SUMMARY

Overview

Red-masked Parakeet: This fairly large green parakeet has bright red on the head, at the bend in the wing and on the thighs. It has a white eye ring, pink-beige hooked bill and gray legs and feet. It feeds on seeds and fruit. Fast direct flight with rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar. Considered threatened in its native range of Ecuador and Peru. AKA Red-masked Conure, Cherry-headed Conure.


Range and Habitat

Red-masked Parakeet: In its native range found throughout western Ecuador into northern Peru. Populations of escaped captive birds found in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, also in Florida. Utilizes a wide variety of lowland habitats with a preference for arid and semiarid scrub and cacti habitats.

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Red-masked Parakeet SONGS AND CALLS

Red-masked Parakeet A1

Calls from a small flock.

Red-masked Parakeet C1

Calls from a pair perched in a tree.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Screeet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-masked Parakeet has been the 10th most common neotropical parrot imported into the USA with over 26,000 parakeets checked in from 1981 to 1985.
  • A feral population is thriving in San Francisco and was documented in the film 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill' based on the book by Mark Bittner.
  • They were formerly more common in its limited range, and only fairly recently has been reclassified from a species of least concern to a species near threatened.
  • A group of parakeets are collectively known as a "chatter" and a "flock" of parakeets.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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