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 El Oro Parakeet
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Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
recorded by Andrew Spencer
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Video El Oro Parakeet
copyright: Martin Kennewell
Below 900 m, the rate of deforestation in west Ecuador was 57% per decade in 1958-1988, although in the higher parts of its range, with steeper terrain and a harsher climate, deforestation is slower and a greater proportion of forest remains. In particular, rapid rates of logging around Pias and Manta Real occurred during the late 1980s and 1990s. Typically, these areas were then burnt for cattle-farming. The species is particularly threatened because it does not occur above 1300m.