Mitred Parakeet
Psittacara mitratus

At a Glance

This long-tailed green parakeet, marked with red on the face, is native to the eastern foothills of the Andes in southern South America. Bird escaped from captivity have established feral populations around Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, and locally in southeastern Florida. Often they are in mixed flocks with the similar Red-masked Parakeet, native to northwestern South America. In the United States, these birds live mostly in parks and suburbs with extensive exotic plantings, not in natural wild habitats.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Forests and Woodlands, Urban and Suburban Habitats
Direct Flight

Range & Identification


15" (38 cm). A large green parakeet with a long, pointed tail. Red forehead and scattered red feathers on face, a touch of red on leading edge of wing. Compare to Red-masked Parakeet.
About the size of a Crow
Wing Shape
Pointed, Tapered
Tail Shape
Long, Pointed

Songs and Calls

In flight it produces a high ringing kerEET. Call has been described as a harsh weee weee, cheeah cheeah.