Fiery-shouldered Parakeet (Pyrrhura egregia)

Fiery-shouldered Parakeet

Fiery-shouldered Parakeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Pyrrhura egregia | [authority] Sclater, 1881 | [UK] Fiery-shouldered Parakeet | [FR] Conure aile-de-feu | [DE] Feuerbug-Sittich | [ES] Cotorra Egregia | [NL] Roodschouderparkiet | [copyright picture] Tony Tilford


Monotypic species


The genus Pyrrhura includes a rich set of small to medium-sized species of parakeets, mostly confined to dense habitats in South America. Also, they inhabit dry as well as tall rainforests which occur from sea level up to 2000m. These birds exploit several tree species and use a variety of food items, from nectar to pure seeds. All have long, pointed tails, a mainly green plumage, and a relatively narrow, dark greyish to white eye-ring. Many have scaly or barred chest-patterns and a whitish, pale grey, buff or reddish ear-patch. They typically move around in small, noisy flocks, flying swiftly at or below canopy level. Once settled in a tree they tend to be silent (especially if aware of danger) and difficult to spot. They nest in a tree-crevice.

Physical charateristics

Green overall, the Fiery-shouldered Parakeet has green-edged brown feathers across its crown and lores, reddish-brown ear coverts, whitish-edged green feathers along the sides of its neck and breast, reddish-brown belly patch, and yellow-orange carpal edges and lesser underwing-coverts.

Listen to the sound of Fiery-shouldered Parakeet

[audio: Parakeet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Andrew Spencer

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South America : Tepuis. The Fiery-shouldered Parakeet is a little known inhabitant of southeastern Venezuela, southwestern Guyana and extreme northeastern Brazil.


These birds are found in Tepu

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