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 85-94g.
Distribution and habitat
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.
- Collar, N. J. (1997). "Crimson-bellied Parakeet (Pyrrhura perlata)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. Volume 4. Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. p. 439. ISBN 84-87334-22-9.
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