Fiery shouldered Parakeet
Pyrrhura egregia

Fiery shouldered Parakeet


Fiery shouldered Parakeet


25 cm.. height.

The Fiery shouldered Parakeet (Pyrrhura egregia) has a close frontal band brown; crown, lores, rear area of the neck and upper cheeks, brownish; ear-coverts reddish brown; feathers on the sides of the neck basically green with subterminal band of color beige, narrow dark tips giving a scaly appearance to the whole.

The upperparts Green with dark and narrow edges to some feathers. Carpal area and front edge of the wing , Orange with yellow marks; primary coverts usually blue but sometimes colored yellow shiny; upperwing-coverts green. Outerwebs of flight feather, blue. Underwing-coverts marked with yellow orange; Bottom of the flight feather gray. Feathers in the throat and the chest basically green with the subterminal band Hazelnut color and dark tips, giving a scaly appearance; underparts green, with the majority of the feathers of the belly Brown at the base and green-tipped, sometimes forming a brown patch. Upper, the tail Brown very dark, green at the base; by down gray.

The bill color horn; skin peri-oftalmica naked white; Brown the irises; legs Brown-Black.

Both sexes are similar.

The immature It has much less yellow and orange in the upperwing-coverts and infra-alares; the crown Green and flakes in the chest and on the sides of the neck less pronounced.

Subspecies description:

  • Pyrrhura egregia egregia

    (Sclater,PL, 1881) – The nominal.

  • Pyrrhura egregia obscura

    (Zimmer & Phelps,WH 1946) – Similar to the species nominal but with the upperparts darker green and the underparts also slightly more dark. Patch Brown in the belly less frequent and less prominent.

  • Sound of the Fiery shouldered Parakeet.
[audio:HTTPS:// Conure.mp3]


The species inhabits in forests humid premontane and forest secondary dense on them Tepuis, between 700 - 1800 m. Generally flocks of 7-25 birds.


Little information on the breeding; is reproduce between March and April with fledged young people between May-June. Period of incubation: 23 Dias.


There is no information about the diet, except that birds visit Amerindian villages from July to August to feed of fruit of, for example, guavas mature.


Size distribution (reproduction / resident): 49.400 km2

Distribution restricted to the Tepui region in the north-eastern interior of South America. The species is known from Venezuela on Gran Sabana to the southeast of Bolivar, in the Mount Roraima and Arabopo and from the Mount Auyan-tepui and the Mt. Ptari-tepui.

Can be found in adjacent areas of the West of Guyana, for example, in the surroundings of the River Chamber and top of the Mazaruni River, the Merume mountains and Pacaraima mountains to the South of Annai.

The reports of Suriname still no confirmed. Probably are distributed in the northeast of Roraima, Brazil.

Inaccessible range and few details about his status, but apparently fairly common. Large part of the range Venezuelan included in the Canaima National Park.

Small quantities exported from Guyana to end of the years eighty and subsequently bred in captivity.

Distribution of subspecies:


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

• Population trend: Decreasing.

Justification of the population

The population size World has not been quantified, but this species is described as “quite common” (Stotz et to the., 1996).

Justification of trend

It is suspected that this species has lost 3.3-10.5% of habitat suitable within their distribution during three generations (18 years), based on a model of Amazon deforestation (Soares-Filho et to the., 2006, Bird et to the., 2011). Given the susceptibility of the species to hunt or capture, It is suspected that will decrease in <25% durante tres generaciones.

"Fiery shouldered Parakeet" in captivity:

Intelligent, relatively calm and playful. Young birds are very timid.
They are aggressive with other birds and it is very rare in captivity, with small quantities exported from Guyana at the end of the 1980s and subsequently raised in captivity.

Price per couple: 300-400 EUR.

Alternative names:

Fiery-shouldered Parakeet, Fiery shouldered Parakeet, Fiery-shoulderd Conure, Fiery-shouldered Conure (English).
Conure aile-de-feu, Perriche aile-de-feu, Perruche aile-de-feu (French).
Feuerbugsittich, Feuerbug-Sittich (German).
tiriba-de-cauda-roxa (Portuguese).
Cotorra Egregia, Perico de Cola Morada, Perico colimorado (Spanish).
Perico de Pantepui (Venezuela).

Philip Sclater
Philip Sclater

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Pyrrhura
Scientific name: Pyrrhura egregia
Citation: (Sclater, PL, 1881)
Protonimo: conurus outstanding

Fiery shouldered Parakeet images:


Fiery shouldered Parakeet (Pyrrhura egregia)


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


(1) – Demerara Conure By Gazelle74 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Demerara female “at work”. These little parrots love to gnaw at wood, paper and many other things By Gazelle74 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Fiery-shouldered Parakeet (Pyrrhura egregia) by Margareta Wieser. A pair perching on a branch – HBW
(4) – Fiery-shouldered Parakeet (Pyrrhura egregia) by Andrew Emmerson. An adult bird – HBW
(5) – Fiery-shouldered Parakeet (Pyrrhura egregia) by Andrew Emmerson. An adult preening – HBW
(6) – Conurus egregius » = Pyrrhura egregia (Fiery-shouldered parakeet) by John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: (Xeno-canto)

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