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Cliff Parakeet
Myiopsitta luchsi

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Cliff Parakeet



Cliff Parakeet

26-28 cm.. length and a weight between 120 and 140 g..
The Cliff Parakeet (Myiopsitta luchsi) It has a medium size and is mainly green; the front of the crown, lower face and the chest, They are whitish, becoming bright yellow on the lower chest and the belly; the primaries and tail (medium-sized long), They are bright metallic blue.
Similar Monk Parakeet has less extensive white color crown, pale yellow instead of bright yellow in the belly and the pale gray chest It has a scaling effect that give centers feathers dark.

Bill color horn.

The immature They are similar to adults but with forecrown gray tinged with green.

Taxonomic note:

      This species was described in 1868 by Finsch as Bolborhynchus luchsi, with specimens from Bolivia. Later, the species was transferred to the genus Myiopsitta and the name Myiopsitta luchsi It was used apparently to 1918 by Cory. From 1943, Bond & de Schauensee and they treat it as a subspecies of monachus (Myiopsitta monachus luchsi), approach that has been followed by all modern authors, but Necklace (1997) finally he considers that the morphological characters and their way of nesting are sufficient to raise again species level.


Video – "Cliff Parakeet" (Myiopsitta luchsi)

It shares the same habitat with another endemic parrot, the Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys), although both species do not compete because they feed on different plants.

They found in dry woodland or open fields including fields with trees gallery woods, isolated groups of trees, Palm trees, forests, savannah and scrubland thorny cactus. It is also found in cultivated areas. Visitors from some urban areas. Until 3000 m.


The breeding season occurs between December and March in crevices in cliffs, constructing a bulky nest branches. Unlike Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), the Cliff Parakeet does not nest commonly, but often the nests are placed immediately adjacent to each other. The female is in charge of making this nest, as well as its maintenance.
Couples are for life. The laying is of 5 to 8 eggs per clutch, and incubation lasts a few 26 days. At six weeks old chicks can now leave their nest.


It feeds on seeds of various fruits, including those of fruits cactus Neocardenasia herzogiana and seeds of the Acacia furcatispina; It is also known to feed on cultivated corn.


Size of its range (breeding/resident): 148.000 km2

Restricted to xerophytic vegetation, near cliffs in intermountain valleys of eastern Andes of Bolivia, from the southeast of Peace, South of Cochabamba and West Santa Cruz, to the North of Chuquisaca and possibly other areas.

Its range is very similar to the Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys).


State of conservation ⓘ

Status Minor Concern ⓘ (UICN)ⓘ

• Current category of the Red List of the UICN: Least concern.

• Population trend: Unknown.

Justification of the population

The size of the population has not been estimated, but the species has been described as “quite common” (pit et to the., 1997) and “possibly quite rare” (Juniper and Parr 1998).

Justification of trend

Population trends are difficult to determine due to uncertainty about the extent and severity of threats to the species..
However, like many parrots, They face the traffic of wildlife and wild captivity. Also they suffer direct and immediate consequences of the destruction of their habitat by deforestation and the advance of the agricultural frontier.

Conservation Actions Underway

The species is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

"Cliff Parakeet" in captivity:

Quite common. Very sociable, but shy with the human being.
It is able to vocalize or imitate words, although this quality is far from possessing the capabilities of some genera of the same family.

Alternative names:

Cliff Parakeet, Bolivean monk parakeet, monk parakeet, Monk Parakeet (Cliff) (English).
Perriche des falaises, Conure de Luchs, Conure des falaises, Conure des rochers (French).
Luchssittich, Bolivien Mönchsittich, Bolivien-Mönchsittich (German).
Cliff Parakeet (Portuguese).
Cotorra Boliviana (español).

Friedrich Hermann Otto Finsch
Friedrich Hermann Otto Finsch

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Myiopsitta
Scientific name: Myiopsitta luchsi
Citation: (Finsch, 1868)
Protonimo: Luchs Bolborrhynchus

Images “Cliff Parakeet”:

Videos “Cliff Parakeet”:

Species of the genus Myiopsitta


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


(1) – Bolivian Parrot, Bolivia, Sud Chichas, Churquipampa by giorgetta.ch
(2) – Bolivian Parrot, Bolivia, Sud Chichas, Cerro Elefante by giorgetta.ch
(3) – Bolivian Parrot, Bolivia, Sud Chichas, Churquipampa by giorgetta.ch
(4) – A couple of Bolivian parrots in their nest located in the chalky wall of Churquipampa where its waters fall almost freely 330 meters to the creek. The female is arranging the main entrance of the nest while the male takes delight in watching her work by giorgetta.ch
(5) – Bolivian Parrot, Bolivia, Sud Chichas, Churquipampa by giorgetta.ch
(6) – Myopsittacus luchsi = Myiopsitta (monachus) luchsi, Cliff Parakeet, sometimes treated as a subspecies of the Monk Parakeet by John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Andrew Spencer (Xeno-canto)

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