Emma's Parakeet
Pyrrhura emma

Emma's Parakeet


Emma's Parakeet


23 cm.. length.

The Emma's Parakeet (Pyrrhura emma) is a bird, in its most, green, with blue in the wings, reddish-brown in rump, on tail and in the back; Scaled plumage chest yellowish color on a gray background olive; wings with red shoulder, inconspicuous.

The face red plum, while the pileum It is brown and gray forecrown blue. Abdomen with dark red stain, tail with green base, edge red and below all red.

Eye ring grey, cheeks red with white spot on ears. Bill Dark. It has no sexual dimorphism.


They can be seen in hill forests in the coastal mountain range in Venezuela, in moist forests and edges as well as in adjacent clear with scattered trees and groves (pit et to the., 1997).

Usually it moves in flocks, on quick flights up 25 specimens, before landing in the canopy.


There is insufficient information regarding reproduction and food. Probably the breeding season between May and July. Period of incubation: 24-25 days.


They have been observed eating flowers of Ochroma and nectar (Hilty 2003).


Size of its range (reproduction / resident): 88.300 km2

The Emma's Parakeet inhabits forested areas of the northern coastal range Venezuela, from Yacacuy and Carabobo until Miranda, and disjuntamente from Anzoátegui - Sucre and northern part of Monagas (Del Hoyo et al., 1997, Juniper and Parr 1998, Hilty 2003, Forshaw 2006).

It is mainly found at altitudes 250-1.700 m, but you can see at sea level in eastern Sucre (Hilty 2003), where it is quite common (Hilty 2003, P. Boesman in a bit., 2006). Its distribution within this range is complex and disjoint, found especially in mountainous terrain at lower elevations (Hilty 2003).


• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern.

• Population trend: Decreasing.

Justification of the population

Apparently, the population size of this species has not been quantified.

Justification of trend

The capture for trade and changes in land use may be causing a decrease in population of this species, although the trend has not been quantified, and none of these is considered serious threats to this species today(CJ Sharpe a slightly. 2014).

Conservation Actions Underway

They live in several national parks (P. Boesman in a bit., 2006), with a population “substantial” in the Guatopo National Park, Miranda (Juniper and Parr 1998, Hilty 2003).

Conservation Actions Proposed

Continue to monitor this species in the field and in trade.

Strengthen the network of protected areas within the range of this species.

"Emma's Parakeet" in captivity:

Very rare in captivity. Very intelligent, active and playful. They are very aggressive with other species. Price per couple: 400 EUR.

Alternative names:

Emma’s Parakeet, Emma’s Parakeet (incl. auricularis), Painted Parakeet (Venezuelan), Venezuelan Parakeet (English).
Conure d’Emma, Conure emma, Conure emma (incl. auricularis) (French).
Emmasittich (German).
Emma’s Parakeet (Portuguese).
Cotorra de Emma (Spanish).

Salvadori Tommaso

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Pyrrhura
Scientific name: Pyrrhura emma
Citation: Salvadori, 1891
Protonimo: Pyrrhura emma

Images Emma's Parakeet:


Emma's Parakeet (Pyrrhura emma)


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


(1) – Venezuelan Parakeet | Perico Pintado ( Pyrrhura emma)By Fernando Flores from Caracas, Venezuela [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Venezuelan Parakeet | Perico Pintado ( Pyrrhura picta emma) By Fernando Flores from Caracas, Venezuela [CC BY-SA 2.0 or CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Venezuelan Parakeet | Perico Pintado (Pyrrhura emma) by Fernando FloresFlickr
(4) – Venezuelan Parakeet | Perico Pintado (Pyrrhura emma) by Fernando FloresFlickr
(5) – Venezuelan Parakeet | Perico Pintado (Pyrrhura emma) By Fernando Flores from Caracas, Venezuela [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(6) – Pyrrhura emma = Pyrrhura picta, Painted Parakeet by John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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