Maroon-fronted Parrots

The Maroon-fronted Parrot (Rhynchopsitta terrisi) is endemic to northern Mexico; specifically they can be found in the Sierra Madre Oriental in Nuevo León, Coahuila and Tamaulipas.

Maroon-fronted Parrots live in mature pine, mixed conifer as well as pine-oak forests – from 2000 to 3500 meters.


This bird is considered vulnerable due to overgrazing and habitat destruction.

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    It is estimated that only 2500-3000 birds remain, while 95 to 110 young are produced in a year.


    This large, macaw-like parrot averages 38 cm or 15.2 inches in length (including tail).

    The plumage is mostly dark green except of a dark red shoulder and a maroon forehead an eye-stripe.

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      It wings and tail appear to be black when it is in flight.

      Calls / Vocalization:

      It makes a high, rolling cr-a ak sound. Flocks of them sound similar to the Acorn Woodpecker heard from a distance.

      Nesting / Breeding:

      They nest in limestone cliffs near moving water in large colonies.

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        Breeding coincides with the fruition of pines, which is its main food source, and they lay one to three eggs in July. The incubation period is 24 to 26 days

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          These juveniles fledge around November. They migrate over short distances seasonally.


          Species: Scientific: Rhynchopsitta terrisi aka Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha terrisi … English: Maroon-fronted Parrot … Dutch: Grote Dikbekpapegaai … German: Maronenstirnsittich … French: Perroquet à front marron

          CITES I: Protected

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