Golden-plumed Parakeet
Leptosittaca branickii

Aratinga de Pinceles




Approximately 36 cm.. of length and a weight of 150 g.

The Golden-plumed Parakeet (Leptosittaca branickii) has the crown, most of the forecrown, the cheeks, the sides of neck and ear-coverts grass-green; close frontal band on bottom of the forecrown orange, extending towards the upper lores; a feature yellowish stripe at the lower lores extending below the eyes to then join in a loop of yellow the part located behind the eyeball.

Upperparts green. At the top the wings green. Underwing-coverts greenish yellow; underside of feathers opaque yellow flight.

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The underparts green, slightly more yellow than the upper, with a large yellow and orange patch at the bottom of the chest.

Upper, the tail of color green with red off on them vane inner; below its long and acute tail opaque reddish.

The bill color horn; cere grey; bare orbital skin pale whitish-grey; Orange the irises; legs grey.

Both sexes similar. The immature not described.

NOTE: Some authors include the species within the genus Aratinga. However, the facial feathers they are distinctive and monotipicas, so the gender Leptosittaca is justified for this species.


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These birds are found in high altitude formations, between 2,400 and 3.400 m, Sometimes you can see them at altitudes lower, about 1.400 m. With distributed in temperate zones, stunted forests, cloud and limits of tree growth. Sometimes they cross cleared areas to visit residual plots.

Its distribution is possibly linked to the trees Podocarpus, at least in the Azuay province and parts of Colombia, Although more studies are needed to confirm this.
The Golden-plumed Parakeet make altitudinal movements day towards the Moors, returning to the lower forests for sleep; in the Puracé national natural park This pattern is reversed, and birds perch on community in paramo areas (above 3.000 m), descending to feed during the day.

In general, in flocks (at least outside of breeding season) of up 20 birds (sometimes more).


The Golden-plumed Parakeet nests on trunks of Palm wax (Ceroxylon quinduense) and encenillo (Weinmania sp.). Played during the first half of the year. Birds in breeding conditions during the month of February, Colombia, and birds mating in August, Ecuador.

The female lays 2-3 eggs they are incubated both during 28 - 32 days. It only incubates the female during the day, while at night, both dealt with the work. The chicks leave the nest 64-68 days after birth and are fed by both parents, While they are in the nest.


Feed of seeds of conifers, especially of cones of Podocarpus, as well as seeds and fruit of some plants, among them included the Rosacea, Elaeocarpaceae, Lauraceae, Brunelliaceae, Loranthaceae, Moraceae, Croton, Styrax subargentea, otodectes nitida, Ficus and the maize cultivated. Sometimes it can be powered from leaves.

It forages generally in the canopy (birds frequently moving among the trees), sometimes in the layer of shrubs and fields.


The natural habitat of the Golden-plumed Parakeet It is discontinuous and runs from the North of the Andes from Colombia to the South of Peru.

The species is known in three areas of the Colombian Andes:

In West Cerro Munchique and at the borders of Tolima, Risaralda, Quindio and Caldas; in the Center from the North of Caldas until Cauca, including the Volcano Puracé; in the East, to the East of Nariño.

It has been reported from six or seven areas in Ecuador, including the province of Imbabura- in the North and the mountains of Chilla on The Oro Province, high mountains in the Azuay province and Morona Santiago province, as well as various locations in the Loja province in the South.

In Peru are distributed from the Amazonas Department and South of Departments of Cajamarca through Department of San Martín, Freedom, Department of Huánuco and Junín Department until Guzco.

Seasonal and nomadic, rare and very local, especially in Colombia, in where the drastic decrease of birds is due to the deforestation; in Ecuador It scarce, possibly more common in the Southeast, but absent in apparently suitable habitats in the Eastern Andes. In Peru, where is deforestation less severe, It may be more widespread. Your local observation is unpredictable and may be linked to the fructification of your favorite plants.

They are observed (Although perhaps non-resident) in many protected areas, including the Puracé national natural park in the center of the Andes of Colombia, the Podocarpus national park in the South of Ecuador and the Manu National Park, Peru.



Conservation status ⓘ

Vulnerable (UICN)ⓘ

• Red list category of the UICN current: Vulnerable

•Tendencia of the population: Decreasing

You suspect a rapid descent and ongoing in the population of the Aratinga of brushes based on the destruction, degradation and fragmentation of their habitat to large scale.

Currently its population It is estimated within a range between 1.500 and 7.000 mature individuals.

The habitat loss and fragmentation It has been significant throughout its range, with between the 90% and the 93% lost mountain forests in Colombia. In the Peru the loss of habitat is less (Salaman et to the. 1999b, PGW Salaman in litt., 1999).

Logging of the Quindio wax Palm for the services of the Palm Sunday It is a serious problem in some parts of Ecuador. (1999b Salaman et to the.).

The road construction It is continuous throughout many areas of dwarf and humid forests in Peru, causing a severe loss of habitat in areas such as Málaga (H. Lloyd in litt., 2007).

In Colombia, are persecuted as pests of maize and as birds of company (1999b Salaman et to the.).

Many protected areas they are affected by the burning and grazing Moor, settlements, cleared for agriculture, logging, Narcotics and the extraction of gold (Wege and Long 1995, Salaman et to the., 1999b).

Conservation Actions Underway:

Appendix II of CITES.

Is known of many protected areas (Wege and Long, 1995), including the national parks Los Nevados and Cueva de los Guácharos in Colombia, and the Podocarpus national park in Ecuador (PGW Salaman in litt., 1999, Clements and Shany 2001).

The reserves, Ucumarí Regional Natural Park, Puracé National Park (Colombia), Huashapamba native forest (Ecuador) and the Río Abiseo National Park (Peru) they are apparently well protected (Wege and Long 1995).

In Ecuador, an organized campaign by Birds and conservation and Fundación Jocotoco with the support of the Government is aimed at reducing the unsustainable exploitation of the Quindio wax Palm. The Fundación Jocotoco you have installed nest boxes your reservations, that they are being used (even in preference to the natural cavities) for this and other species of parrot (D. Waugh in litt., 2010).

Conservation Actions Proposed:

Assess their condition from Peru (Flanagan et to the., 2000).

Establish the degree of dependence of the Quindio wax Palm in different regions (Sornoza Molina and Lopez-Lanus 1999).

Develop a network of mountain protected forest. Protect the Nevado del RuizNevado del Tolima and Cordillera de Chilla in the The Manu National Park (Jacobs and Walker 1999, PGW Salman in litt., 1999, Lopez-Lanus et to the., In press).

"Golden-plumed Parakeet" in captivity:

Very rare in captivity, Some examples in Colombia.

Alternative names:

Golden-plumed Parakeet, Branicki’s Conure, Golden Plumed Conure, Golden plumed Parakeet, Golden-plumed Conure, Golden-plumed Parrot (English).
Conure à pinceaux d’or, Perriche à pinceaux d’or, Perruche à pinceaux d’or (French).
Pinselsittich, Pinsel-Sittich (German).
Papagaio-de-bochechas-douradas (Portuguese).
Aratinga de Pinceles, Cotorra Moteada, Perico Paramuno, Catanica de páramo (Spanish).
Loro paramuno, Perico Paramuno (Colombia).
Perico de Mejilla Dorada (Peru).
Perico cachetidorado, Cotorra moteada o Loro de mejillas doradas (Ecuador).

Scientific classification:

Jan Sztolcman
Jan Sztolcman

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Leptosittaca
Scientific name: Leptosittaca branickii
Citation: von Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894
Protonimo: Leptosittaca branickii

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(1) – Golden-plumed Parakeet in Tapichalaca Reserve, Ecuador By markaharper1 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Leptosittaca branickii – Golden-plumed Parakeet by ProAves ColombiaFlickr
(3) – GOLDEN-PLUMED PARAKEET by Bryant OlsenFlickr
(4) – GOLDEN-PLUMED PARAKEET by Bryant OlsenFlickr
(5) – Leptosittaca branickii – Golden-plumed Parakeet by © Carl Downing – NeotropicalBirds
(6) – Leptopsittaca branickii via Wikimedia Commons

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