20 cm.. height.
The Grey-cheeked Parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera) discovered in 1801. Is difference for them cheeks and sides neck grey, crown up to almost the nape, blue, bill yellowish, armpit reddish orange (only visible in flight), tail long and pointed, the rest of the body green.
The immature they have the crown greenish blue and the bill blackish.
- Brotogeris [erythrogenys x pyrrhoptera] (hybrid)
Brotogeris [chevroned x pyrrhoptera] (hybrid)
Brotogeris [pyrrhoptera x jugularis] (hybrid)
- Sound of the Grey-cheeked Parakeet.
It inhabits in forest wet, semi-humid, secondary, formations of semi-deciduous forest and cultivated areas, until 1500 m. Has also seen it is in the banana plantations. Flies in pairs or small groups up to of 12 individuals, sometimes associated with other parrots.
Nest in hollows and termite mounds on large trees and apparently be reproduced between January and March. It remains unclear why the termites tolerate their presence.
Their eggs, they are around for 2 cm.. x 1,6 cm.. they settle in sunsets of four to six eggs in a nest filled with MOSS. The female incubates them for a few 25-26 days, While the male mounts guard out of the nest.
Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 9.300 km2
The Grey-cheeked Parakeet distributed over the southwest of Ecuador and Northwest corner of Peru, from the Valley of the Chone River, Manabi, to the South up to Gold and Loja in Ecuador, and Tumbes and Piura in Peru.
There was a large decrease in the population during the 20TH century, at the beginning of the year 1980 (Best et to the., 1995, Juniper and Parr 1998), with 59.320 birds imported by countries CITES between 1983-1988. In 1995, the population Wild was estimated in 15.000 birds, mainly in Ecuador (Best et to the., 1995). This represents a very crude c.70% decline in 10 years, Although still being locally common in some remains of its habitat. (Juniper and Parr 1998).
• Current red list category of the UICN: In danger of extinction.
• Population trend: Decreasing.
The main threat to this species is the wild bird trade. The Habitat It is also losing out by logging, Agriculture and overgrazing. Its persecution as a pest crops can be also significant.
Is expected that the rate of decline is more slow in the next 10 years.
Catita macarena in captivity:
Most of the existing populations are in the homes of individuals as pets. Because of this, effort has been made to save this species of Brotogeris.
– Gray-cheeked Parakeet, Gray cheeked Parakeet, Grey cheeked Parakeet, Grey-cheeked Parakeet (English).
– Toui flamboyant, Perroquet à flancs orangés, Perroquet de Perico, Perruche ou (French).
– Feuerflügelsittich (German).
– Periquito-de-bochecha-cinza (Portuguese).
– Catita Macareña, Periquito de Alas Naranjas (Spanish).
– Perico de Mejilla Gris (Peru).
– Order: Psittaciformes
– Family: Psittacidae
– Genus: Brotogeris
– Scientific name: Brotogeris pyrrhoptera
– Citation: (Latham, 1801)
– Protonimo: Psittacus pyrrhopterus
Images Grey-cheeked Parakeet:
Grey-cheeked Parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera)
(1) – Grey-cheeked Parakeet (also known as the Fire-winged Parakeet) at El Empalme (also known officially as Velasco Ibarra), a town located in Guayas, Ecuador By markaharper1 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Periquito macareño (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera), Quito, Ecuador by Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Grey-cheeked Parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera) in captivity in Cuenca, Ecuador By Beatrice Murch (originally posted to Flickr as Grey headed parrot) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – A pet Grey-cheeked Parakeet By Juano80 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) – Gray-cheeked Parakeet Brotogeris pyrrhoptera in Río Milagro en Yaguachi. Prov. Guayas. ECU by Ronald Navarrete-Amaya – Flickr
– Sounds: (xENO-singing)