Birds of Colombia

scarlet-fronted parakeet
perico frentirrojo o chocolatero

Psitticara wagleri

The Scarlet-fronted Parakeet is widely distributed in the country. This bird is common in humid montane forests of the subtropical and temperate zones. Its movements within this range remain poorly understood. Populations are declining in Colombia. Scattered red feathering may also be present on the throat. Thighs are red. Sexes are alike. Scarlet-fronted Parakeet is all green with a striking scarlet forecrown, extending just past the eyes, but never below them. Grayish beak. Its yellow eyes are surrounded by contrasting white orbital skin, and its beak is a dull horn color. Its underparts are a slightly paler green, with the undertail and underwings a dull yellow-olive, lacking red except for the very leading edge of the wings. While it is found in a broad range of forested habitats, it is also found in parks and orchards. It flies in big groups. It requires cliffs for both roosting and nesting. This species is often found chattering in noisy groups in the canopy. It also visits heavily degraded forests.

El Perico Chocolero es de amplia distribución y vuela en bandadas. Es una ave ruidosa y gregaria. Pesa entre 162 a 217 g. Es la única especie del género Psittacara con la frente roja que se puede encontrar en la Cordillera Oriental. Es de color verde con las partes inferiores un poco más amarillentas. Su frente y coronilla son rojas con algunas manchas del mismo color en la garganta y cuello. Su cola es larga y aguda con la superficie inferior amarillo oliva, al igual que el interior de sus alas. Presenta el pico de color gris castaño y un anillo ocular grande y blanquecino. Los inmaduros presentan menos rojo en la frente. Normalmente habita en regiones húmedas como bosques de niebla. También utiliza bosques en crecimiento secundario, y formaciones de arbustales y cactáceas. Anida en colonias en escarpes rocosos.

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