Red-masked Parakeet
Psittacara erythrogenys

At a Glance

This colorful, long-tailed parrot is native to northwestern South America, where it lives mainly in dry forests of western Ecuador and southwestern Peru. Escaped cagebirds have established feral populations around San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California, and locally in Florida. Often they are found in mixed flocks with the similar Mitred Parakeet. In the United States these parakeets are seen mostly around exotic plantings in city parks and suburbs, not in wild habitats.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Forests and Woodlands, Urban and Suburban Habitats
Direct Flight

Range & Identification


13" (33 cm). A large green parakeet with a long, pointed tail. Adults have extensive red on the crown, face, and throat, and conspicuous red on the leading edge of the wing and on the underwing coverts. Similar to Mitred Parakeet but a little smaller and with more red. Young birds of both species show less red than adults.
About the size of a Robin, About the size of a Crow
Green, Red, Yellow
Wing Shape
Tail Shape
Long, Pointed

Songs and Calls

Harsh, high-pitched wreek, often repeated.
Call Type
Harsh, Raucous, Scream