Crimson-bellied parakeet

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Crimson-bellied parakeet
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Pyrrhura
P. perlata
Binomial name
Pyrrhura perlata
(Spix, 1824)

Pyrrhura rhodogaster


The crimson-bellied parakeet (Pyrrhura perlata), more commonly known as the crimson-bellied conure in aviculture, is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae.


Its taxonomic history is potentially confusing. It was formerly known as Pyrrhura rhodogaster, but following a review it was discovered that the type specimen for P. perlata, long believed to belong to the closely related pearly parakeet, actually was a juvenile crimson-bellied parakeet. Consequently, P. perlata was transferred to this species, while P. rhodogaster became a junior synonym.


Pyrrhura perlata adults are partly green in colour. They have yellow/green cheeks, turning to blue on lower cheeks. The breast is brown with pale off-white and dark brown barring. Crimson-bellied parakeets have a blue collar around their hindnecks, varying with each bird. They have red bend of wing, lesser underwing coverts; blue thighs to tail coverts The tail is brown/red. Pyrrhura perlata has a brown/grey beak. Eye ring bare and white. Eye dark brown. Crimson-bellied conures weigh about 85–94 g.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in the south-central Amazon rainforest in Brazil and Bolivia. It remains locally fairly common, but is threatened by accelerating deforestation in its range and consequently considered to be vulnerable by the IUCN.[1]

Food and feeding[edit]

This species prefers dense vegetation from the secondary forests and forest margins.[3] Their diet consists primarily of fruits of Trema micrantha, various palms, Cecropia, and flowers like Bertholletia excelsa.[4][5]



  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Pyrrhura perlata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Crimson Bellied Conure". World Parrots Trust.
  3. ^ Collar, N., Boesman, P. and Sharpe, C.J. 2016. Crimson-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura perlata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
  4. ^ del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  5. ^ Low, Rosemary, 2013. Pyrrhura Parakeets (Conures): Aviculture, Natural History, Conservation. Insignis Publications. Print.


  • Collar, N. J. (1997). "Crimson-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura perlata)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. (eds.). Volume 4. Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. p. 439. ISBN 84-87334-22-9.