The Ochre-Marked Parakeet (Pyrrhura cruentata) is a medium-sized bird in the Psittacidae family of parrots. It is also known as the Blue-Throated Parakeet and Red-Eared Conure.
The Ochre-Marked Parakeet is predominantly green with red patches on its belly, back, and shoulder. The crown of its head is dark-brown to blackish, with mottling on the nape of the neck. It has a broad, bright-blue patch on its chest, extending thinly around the back of its neck to form a faint, thin collar. It has an olive-green tail with brownish-red below. It has a yellow-orange eye-ring and black eyes.
It measures about 45 centimetres (17.5 inches) tall.
It is native to Brazil and is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
The Ochre-Marked Parakeet prefers humid tropical forests.
It feeds on seeds and fruit.
It is a social bird.
It is monogamous and mates for life. The female lays 2-4 eggs in a tree hole. They hatch after 24-25 days. Both parents take care of their chicks. The chicks gain their flight feathers after about eight weeks.
Location of photograph: Paris Zoo, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM