Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)

The parrot licks are not necessarily visited by the same species throughout the year, and on this lick (Saladero de Pericos) the orange-cheeked parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi) will be visiting during the months of October/November to March/April.

Here the lick is dominated by the cobalt-winged parakeets (Brotogeris cyanoptera), but as the orange cheeked parrot is much larger in addition to the orange cheeks, it’s very easy to distinguish. When in flight you will also see the red plumage on its wings, making it even more distinguishable.

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)
This parrot is perhaps the easiest to recognise, as there are no other with orange cheeks.

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)
Despite the bright orange spots, it’s not easy to see it if it’s perched silently among the leaves. Silence is not a lasting option, as parrots love to vocalize, so with some patience you will triangulate its position.

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)

It sounds like this:

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Last updated on 30 June 2024