Red-checked Parrot
Geoffroyus geoffroyi

Red-checked Parrot


21 a 27 cm. length and a weight between 130 and 180 g..

Red-checked Parrot

The face of the Red-checked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi) is of color rojo-rosaceo up to just above the eyes, more pink in the ear-coverts; front of the crown of color rojo-rosaceo. Half of the crown to the nape mauve-blue. Upperparts green. Wings with patch red in them Middle coverts interiors.

Flight feather with vane Dark internal and external Green. Edge of yellow to vane internal of greater coverts and secondaries. Wing feathers and axillary, bright blue; below, the rest of the wings, blackish. The underparts green, more yellowish in them lower flanks. Upper, the feathers of the tail of color green, drenched sides of yellow; below, brighter yellowish green.
The bill red orange in upper mandible, the lower mandible in color black; irises yellow; legs grey.

Female with head Brown and upper mandible black.

Youth they have the head green, irises dark and bill pale. Juvenile males undergo a plumage “female stage” until they begin to acquire male characters (bird takes over one year to mature). The birds young also lack of the brand red on them small coverts.

  • Sound of the Red-checked Parrot.
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Description of the 16 subspecies

* The varieties sumbavensis and tjindanae proposed as subspecies are synonymous of floresianus; rhodops stresemanni; explorator It is also synonymous of rhodops.


Distributed by primary and secondary forests, tree savannas, plantations, Open forests, mangrove forests and farmland, a altitude of 1.400 m. Usually replaced by the Blue-collared Parrot at higher altitudes. Exclusive tropical jungle in the North of Australia. View the birds, generally, flying high above the trees, making calls to cries.

Groups of birds in the North of Australia, many even in family units, they have been observed leaving their roosts early, to feed into the dense jungle; in their flights to areas of foraging, We have seen some of these birds perched in the upper branches of the trees, by calling aloud for a few minutes and dithered wings before continuing. The reason for this unknown behavior can be a way of requesting food due to early maturation.

During the day, the birds are less visible, they can draw attention by discarded food falling from their food trees.

They are usually in couples, in small groups or assembled in groups in fruit trees.


The nest It is a hole that the birds excavate in a rotten limb of a tree from the forest, sometimes in a knot in the trunk; probably only the female excavates. The entrance to the nest is of 80 a 90 mm. wide, and the tunnel, that it can twist in order to hide the eggs, You can have a length of 42 cm.. Includes the implementation of 2 a 4 eggs. The female alone incubates and is fed by the male during this time. In the West, the breeding season It takes place between April and September at least, month in which a live nest was found in Seram.
In New Guinea, the nesting is been registered during several months more, including February in the North and between the months of April to December in other places.
In Australia, in where the season seems to extend is from August to December, little information about the cycle reproductive is available.

It is known that the species It has never been raised successfully in captivity.


The diet It includes seeds, fruits and flowers. The birds tend to hang acrobaticamente to reach their food.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 793.000 km2

Generalized from the West of Lombok, through the Moluccas, the lowlands of New Guinea, and observed in the groups of associated Islands, to the East of Rossel in the Louisiade archipelago.

The species can also be observed in the northeast of the Cape York Peninsula, Australia, at its southern end, and North ranges up to Morotai in the North of the Moluccas. In many areas, throughout its distribution area, is the most abundant Parrot (rarer over the 800 meters above sea level), even around inhabited areas. Despite this, It may be extinct in Ambon.

Distribution of the 16 subspecies


• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The size of the world population It has not been quantified, Although it is estimated above 1.000.000 of copies. The species according to sources, is of common to abundant much of its area of distribution (pit et to the. 1997).

The population suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats, Although you can that its population is affected by the capture in various parts of its area of distribution.

Lorito Carirrojo in captivity:

Very rare or impossible to see in poultry.

Passive Parrot. Extremely susceptible to stress and disease; they may die suddenly without apparent reason. Few times you live long in captivity

Alternative names:

Red-checked Parrot, Red cheeked Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot (ingles).
Perruche de Geoffroy, Eclectus de Geoffroy, Éclectus de Geoffroy (francés).
Rotkopfpapagei (alemán).
Papagaio de bochechas vermelhas (portugués).
Lorito Carirrojo, Lorito de Mejillas Rojas (español).

Johann Matthäus Bechstein
Johann Matthäus Bechstein

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Geoffroyus
Scientific name: Geoffroyus geoffroyi
Citation: (Bechstein, 1811)
Protonimo: Psittacus Geoffroyi

Red-checked Parrot images:


Red-checked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi)


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


(1) – By Ron Knight (Flickr: Red-cheeked Parrot) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – By Nick Athanas/Tropical Birding – Birds-pet-wallpapers
(3) – A male perched in a tree by Josep del Hoyo – Lynx
(4) – A male and a female looking for a suitable nest by mehdhalaouate – Lynx
(5) – By markharper1 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Marc Thibault (Xeno canto)

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