Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Pyrrhura frontalis

The Maroon-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura frontalis) also known as the Reddish-bellied Parakeet, is a species of parrot native to southeastern Brazil to northeastern Argentina, including eastern Paraguay and Uruguay. Other names for this bird that are common to bird enthusiasts are Maroon-bellied Conure, Reddish-bellied Conure or Brown-eared Conure. Two subspecies are recognized.

The Maroon-bellied Parakeet is commonly found in woodlands and forest edges. In the north of its range, it is found at higher altitudes up to 4600 feet. Most other places it is a lowland bird. It can be found occasionally in urban parks and gardens. The flock size is generally 6 – 12 individuals but it can be found in groups of up to 40 individuals.

The adult is 10 to 11 inches long, and its coloration is mostly green with a maroon patch on the belly. The breast and sides of the neck are barred with yellow-green. There is a whitish ear-patch that is sometimes tinged with brown, and the undertail is maroon. Primary feathers have blue outer fringes and green inner fringes. The wing tips are darker. The beak is black.

The diet of the Maroon-bellied Parakeet consists of fruit, flowers and some other plant matter. They are not commonly found at mixed-species feeding areas. This species is fairly common and not considered threatened by the IUCN. Although they can be kept as pets, they are not popular in the trade. They can learn to talk somewhat, but are usually quiet. They do produce a noisy shrill that can be annoying to some people.

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