Rose-crowned Parakeet (Pyrrhura rhodocephala)



[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Pyrrhura rhodocephala | [authority] Sclater and Salvin, 1871 | [UK] Rose-crowned Parakeet | [FR] Conure a calotte rose | [DE] Rotkopf-Sittich | [ES] Cotorra Coronirroja | [NL] Roodkopparkiet | [copyright picture] Nick Athanas


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Pyrrhura rhodocephala SA w Venezuela


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

The entire head is not red, but the crown is bright rose ret. There also is a small red area on the auriculars, but otherwise the remainder of the head is green. The most striking feature is the white of the primary coverts, which contrasts with the blue primaries and the green body plumage. Tail brown/red. Bill horn in colour. Eye ring bare and white. Eye brown.

Listen to the sound of Rose-crowned Parakeet

[audio: Parakeet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Nick Athanas

wingspan min.: 24 cm wingspan max.: 25 cm
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South America : West Venezuela. The Rose-headed Parakeet is restricted to the Andes of western Venezuela


Found from 1500-2500m (4920-8200 ft) in the subtropical zone in montane humid forest and elfin woodland, including secondary growth areas and partly cleared forest, forest edge and paramos.


Hardly any data, seems to breed in may-june, clutch size probably 4-6 eggs

Feeding habits

Probably berries, seeds, fruits and flowers

Video Rose-crowned Parakeet


copyright: D. Ascanio


Although this species may have a small range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Rose-crowned Parakeet status Least Concern


Resident throughout range

Distribution map

Rose-crowned Parakeet distribution range map

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