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Red-masked Parakeet

Psittacara erythrogenys

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. 
Family African and New World Parrots
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. 
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Harsh, high-pitched wreek, often repeated.
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How Climate Change Will Reshape the Range of the Red-masked Parakeet

Audubon’s scientists have used 140 million bird observations and sophisticated climate models to project how climate change will affect this bird’s range in the future.

Zoom in to see how this species’s current range will shift, expand, and contract under increased global temperatures.

Climate threats facing the Red-masked Parakeet

Choose a temperature scenario below to see which threats will affect this species as warming increases. The same climate change-driven threats that put birds at risk will affect other wildlife and people, too.

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