White-necked Parakeet
Pyrrhura albipectus

Cotorra cuelliblanca


White-necked Parakeet


24 - 25,5 cm.. height.

The most notorious of the White-necked Parakeet (Pyrrhura albipectus) It is the yellowish-white or white that goes from the cheeks to chest.

Crown dark stripes pale gray on the back; frontal band reddish thin; cheeks escalations of yellow and green and ear-coverts Orange; collar full white and chest yellow; belly and remaining upperparts green. Wings Greens with primary coverts red and carpal area, and primaries Blue; tail long and pointy green, red opaque at the bottom.

The immature lacks the frontal band and has paler the ear-coverts.


Lives mainly in wet primary forest, foraging on fruit trees, preferably along the rivers, Although he tolerates areas open and intercepted, from 900 - 2000 m (usually between 1400 and 1800 m).
Make altitudinal movements following the fruiting. Flies in flocks of 12 - 50 individuals. It bathes in pools or between rocks covered with MOSS.


There is little evidence about its reproduction, possibly from May to July. A young clerk was seen in September (Snyder et to the., 2000).


The diet includes fruit, seeds and flowers Vine, mainly taken in the canopy.


Size of its range (reproduction / resident): 19.600 km2

Confined to three areas in southeast Ecuador and recently also it has been found in northern Peru.

In Ecuador It is known from the Podocarpus national park, the Cordillera de Cutucú and Cordillera del Condor. Although their numbers seem relatively low, possibly with a total population of only a few thousand individuals, It is apparently common in Podocarpus national park. There are also confirmed records as far south as the Pangui in Zamora-Chinchipe. Also recently it observed in adjacent parts of the Cordillera del Condor, Peru, with a sighting released from Condor Mirador on Morona-Santiago Province (Navarrete 2003). These range extensions suggest that it is not as seriously threatened as previously feared (Balchin y Toyne 1998).


• Current red list category of the UICN: Vulnerable.

• Population trend: Decreasing.

Justification of the red list category

This species is classified as Vulnerable because it dwells in a few places and has a small range in which the habitat (and presumably the population) it is decreasing.

Justification of the population

The total population it may be only a few thousand birds, by what is placed in the band 2.500-9.999 individuals. This is equivalent to 1.667-6.666 mature individuals, round here 1.500-7.000 mature individuals.

Justification of trend

It is suspected that the species is falling slowly, on the basis of continuous habitat destruction.

Conservation Actions Underway

CITES Appendix II.
• The Podocarpus national park It is an important site for the conservation of the species. It has designed a revised management plan for the area and a public awareness campaign stresses the importance of the park (Snyder et to the. 2000).
• The White-necked Parakeet It is also found in the reserve Tapichalaca of 3.500 acres of the Fundación Jocotoco, where they are used successfully artificial nesting boxes (Waugh 2009).
• It is also found in the Ichigkat Muja- Condor Range National Park (F. Angulo 2012 a bit.).

Conservation Actions Proposed

• Conduct surveys to assess the distribution of the species and the total population size.
• Monitor rates of loss and degradation of habitat within their range.
• Handle Podocarpus national park so that endangered species are better protected.

"White-necked Parakeet" in captivity:

It is not easy to find it in captivity.

Alternative names:

White-necked Parakeet, White necked Parakeet, White-breasted Conure, White-breasted Parakeet, White-necked Conure (English).
Conure à col blanc, Perriche à col blanc, Perruche à col blanc (French).
Weißhalssittich, Weisshals-Sittich (German).
Tiriba-do-pescoço-branco (Portuguese).
Cotorra Cuelliblanca, Perico de Pecho Blanco (Spanish).
Perico de Cuello Blanco (Peru).

Frank Chapman
Frank Chapman

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Pyrrhura
Scientific name: Pyrrhura albipectus
Citation: Chapman, 1914
Protonimo: Pyrrhura albipectus

Images White-necked Parakeet:


White-necked Parakeet (Pyrrhura albipectus)


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


(1) – Ingrid Grunwald, IBC943789. Photo of White-necked Parakeet Pyrrhura albipectus at Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/943789.

Sounds: (Xeno-canto)

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