Grey-cheeked Parakeet
Brotogeris pyrrhoptera

Catita Macareña



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.

hybrid species:

    Brotogeris [erythrogenys x pyrrhoptera] (hybrid)
    Brotogeris [chevroned x pyrrhoptera] (hybrid)
    Brotogeris [pyrrhoptera x jugularis] (hybrid)


Video – "Grey-cheeked Parakeet"

It inhabits in humid forest, semi-wet, 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 is still unknown 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.


Feeds of flowers and seeds large trees including Erythina, Chorisia and cavanillesia platanifolia, Cecropia catkins, fruits of Ceiba and Ficus figs. Sometimes they feed of banana.


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.

The populations more large is found in the coast of Manabi and Guayas, and at the border between Ecuador and Peru (Juniper and Parr, 1998).

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 it is still locally common in some remains of its habitat. (Juniper and Parr 1998).

Counts of investigations in the Cerros de Amotape National Park and in the Tumbes national reserve they revealed a descent of the 33,2% between 1992 and 2008 (Anon. 2009).


State of conservation ⓘ

Critically Endangered critically endangered (UICN)ⓘ

• Current category of the Red List 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.

"Grey-cheeked Parakeet" in captivity:

Most of the existing populations are found in the houses of individuals such as pets. Because of this, effort has been made to save this species of Brotogeris.

Alternative names:

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 (español).
Perico de Mejilla Gris (Peru).

scientific classification:

John Latham
John Latham

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Brotogeris
Scientific name: Brotogeris pyrrhoptera
Citation: (Latham, 1801)
Protonimo: Psittacus pyrrhopterus

Images Grey-cheeked Parakeet:

Species of the genus Brotogeris
  • Brotogeris sanctithomae
  • —- Brotogeris sanctithomae sanctithomae
  • —- Brotogeris sanctithomae takatsukasae
  • Brotogeris tirica
  • Brotogeris versicolurus
  • Brotogeris chiriri
  • —- Brotogeris chiriri behni
  • —- Brotogeris chiriri chiriri
  • Brotogeris pyrrhoptera
  • Brotogeris jugularis
  • —- Brotogeris jugularis exsul
  • —- Brotogeris jugularis jugularis
  • Brotogeris cyanoptera
  • —- Brotogeris cyanoptera beniensis
  • —- Brotogeris cyanoptera cyanoptera
  • —- Brotogeris cyanoptera gustavi
  • Brotogeris chrysoptera
  • —- Brotogeris chrysoptera chrysoptera
  • —- Brotogeris chrysoptera chrysosema
  • —- Brotogeris chrysoptera solimoensis
  • —- Brotogeris chrysoptera tenuifrons
  • —- Brotogeris chrysoptera tuipara

  • Sources:

    – Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
    – Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr
    – Parrot Book, parrots and macaws Neotropical


    (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) – Grey-cheeked Parakeet Brotogeris pyrrhoptera in Río Milagro in Yaguachi. Prov. Guayas. ECU by Ronald Navarrete-AmayaFlickr

    Sounds: (xENO-singing)

    5/5 (1 Review)

    1 thought on "Grey-cheeked Parakeet”

    Leave a Comment

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.