Red-checked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi) - Exotic birds | Pets

    Posted by pets | 26 February 2015

    - Geoffroyus geoffroyi

    Red-checked Parrot


    Of 21 to 27 cm in length and a weight between 130 and 180 g..

    Red-checked Parrot

    The face of the Red-checked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi) color is red-rosy until just above the eyes, more pink in the headphones coverts; front of the color red-rosy Crown. Half of the Crown to the nape of mauve-blue. Green upper parts. Wings with reddish patch on the Middle inner coverts. Feathers of flying with vane Dark internal and external Green. Edge of yellow to vane inmates at great coverts and secondary. Feathers of the wings and axillary bright blue; below, the rest of the wings, blackish. Green bottoms, the lower flanks more yellowish. Upper, the Green tail feathers, drenched sides of yellow; below, yellowish green.
    The orange-red beak in upper jaw, the blackish lower jaw; iris yellow ; grey legs.

    Female with Brown head and black upper jaw.

    Youth they have the head of green, Dark IRIS and pale beak. Juvenile males undergo a plumage “female stage” until they begin to acquire male characters (bird takes over one year to mature). Juveniles also lack the red mark on the small coverts.

    • Sound of the Red-checked Parrot.

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    Subespecies list

    Distributed by primary and secondary forests, tree savannas, plantations, Open forests, mangrove forests and farmland, at an altitude of 1.400 m. Usually replaced by the Blue-collared Parrot at higher altitudes. Exclusive tropical jungle in the North of Australia. View the birds, generally, flying high above the trees, making calls to cries.

    Groups of birds in the North of Australia, many even in family units, they have been observed leaving their roosts early, to feed into the dense jungle; in their flights to areas of foraging, We have seen some of these birds perched in the upper branches of the trees, by calling aloud for a few minutes and dithered wings before continuing. The reason for this unknown behavior can be a way of requesting food due to early maturation.

    During the day, the birds are less visible, they can draw attention by discarded food falling from their food trees.

    They are usually in couples, in small groups or assembled in groups in fruit trees.


    The nest is a hole that the birds excavate in a rotten limb of a tree from the forest, sometimes in a knot in the trunk; probably only the female excavates. The entrance to the nest is of 80 to 90 mm. wide, and the tunnel, that it can twist in order to hide the eggs, You can have a length of 42 cm.. Includes the implementation of 2 to 4 eggs. The female alone incubates and is fed by the male during this time. In the West, the time of breeding is leads to Cape between April and at least September, month in which a nest in vivo was found in Seram.
    In New Guinea, the nesting is been registered during several months more, including February in the North and between the months of April to December in other places.
    In Australia, in where the season seems to extend is from August to December, little information about the cycle reproductive is available.

    It knows that the species never has been bred with success in captivity.


    The diet includes seeds, fruits and flowers. The birds tend to hang acrobatically to reach their food.


    Generalized from the West of Lombok, through the Moluccas, the lowlands of New Guinea, and observed in the groups of associated Islands, to the East of Rossel in the Louisiade archipelago.

    The species can also be observed in the northeast of the Cape York Peninsula, Australia, at its southern end, and North ranges up to Morotai in the North of the Moluccas. In many areas, throughout its distribution area, is the most abundant Parrot (rarer over the 800 meters above sea level), even around inhabited areas. Despite this, It may be extinct in Ambon.

    Distribution of subspecies:


    • Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern

    • Population trend: Stable

    The size of the world's population has not been quantified, Although it is estimated above 1.000.000 of copies. The species according to sources, is common to abundant in much of their range (pit et to the. 1997).

    The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats, Although you can that its population is affected by the capture in various parts of its area of distribution.

    In captivity:

    Very rare or impossible to see in poultry.

    Passive Parrot. Extremely susceptible to stress and disease; they may die suddenly without apparent reason. Few times you live long in captivity

    Alternative names:

    - Red-checked Parrot, Red cheeked Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot (ingles).
    - Perruche de Geoffroy, Eclectus de Geoffroy, Éclectus de Geoffroy (francés).
    - Rotkopfpapagei (alemán).
    - Papagaio de bochechas vermelhas (portugués).
    - Lorito Carirrojo, Lorito de Mejillas Rojas (español).

    Scientific classification:

    - Orden: Psittaciformes
    - Familia: Psittaculidae
    - Nombre científico: Geoffroyus geoffroyi
    - Citation: (Bechstein, 1811)
    - Protónimo: Psittacus Geoffroyi

    Red-checked Parrot images:

    Red-checked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi)


    – Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
    – Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


    (1) – By Ron Knight (Flickr: Red-cheeked Parrot) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    (2) – By Nick Athanas/Tropical Birding – Birds-pet-wallpapers
    (3) – A male perched in a tree by Josep del Hoyo – Lynx
    (4) – A male and a female looking for a suitable nest by mehdhalaouate – Lynx
    (5) – By markharper1 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Sounds: Marc Thibault (Xeno canto)

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    Red-checked Parrot Vídeo

    • A male in a tree eating fruits, using its foot, and then flying away while calling with other birds by Josep del Hoyo - Lynx

    Anatomy of the Psitacidae




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