Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Cordilleran Parakeet (Psittacara frontatus)


French: Conure casquée German: Kordillerensittich Spanish: Aratinga cordillerana
Other common names: Cordilleran Conure

Conurus frontatus


, 1846,

western slopes of the Cordilleras of Peru


Commonly treated as conspecific with P. wagleri, but differs in its large white vs fairly small dull grey periorbital patch (3); pale grey vs dark brownish iris (2); red on crown running from just above commissure (so including lores) back to meet periorbital ring vs running from above green lore back to above periorbital ring (leaving supercilium green) (2); more red on carpal area (ns[2]); considerably larger size (even when including the smaller minor) (on basis of published values#R at least 2); habitat consisting of dry forest and open country vs moist and humid forest#R (1). Form minor is notably smaller and darker green than frontatus, and its taxonomic status requires study#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. frontatus (Cabanis, 1846) – W slope of Andes of SW Ecuador (Loja) and W Peru (S to Tacna).
  • P. f. minor (Carriker, 1933) – inter-Andean valleys (R Marañón, R Pampas) of N & SC Peru.
  • Descriptive notes

    38–40 cm. Mainly green, long-tailed parakeet, which is generally darker above and paler, more yellowish below, and red feathers on crown, forehead and lores, reaching to... read more


    No known differences between this species and P. wagleri.


    Inhabits semi-arid cloud forest and similar areas to formerly conspecific P. wagleri, but... read more

    Food and feeding

    No detailed information, but visits orchards and corn fields.


    No data, but apparently breeds colonially in cliffs, just like P. wagleri.


    None known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered to be Near Threatened. CITES II. Reportedly declining across the species range and is very rare in Ecuador (although perhaps... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Cordilleran Parakeet (Psittacara frontatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 December 2019).