BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Psittacara erythrogenys
POPULATION: About 10,000 individuals
HABITAT: Dry lowland forests in Ecuador and Peru
Like the Santa Marta and Golden-Plumed Parakeets, the Red-masked Parakeet is a sociable bird, with a wide repertoire of flock, social, alarm, and contact calls. During the day, this species can been found in pairs or small flocks of up to 12 birds. At night, the birds gather at communal roosts which can number up to 200, sometimes in mixed flocks with other parrots.