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.
Listen to the sound of White-eared Parakeet
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
recorded by Richard Raby
|wingspan min.:||0||cm||wingspan max.:||0||cm|
|size min.:||23||cm||size max.:||25||cm|
|incubation min.:||25||days||incubation max.:||30||days|
|fledging min.:||33||days||fledging max.:||38||days|
Video White-eared Parakeet
copyright: Ciro Albano
Locally fairly common in Venezuela although race auricularis is suffering from habitat loss. Brazilian races are under major pressures since often confined in small unprotected areas. Recent data from south-east Brazil indicate that the species is fragment sensitive since it was the more abundant parrot in a large reserve, but it was absent in a small reserve and in forest fragments. No movements were carried out by the species out of the large reserve.