Crimson-fronted Parakeet
Parrots magazine|August 2020
Crimson-fronted Parakeet
The Crimson-fronted Parakeet (Psittacara finschi), also known as Finsch’s Parakeet or Finsch’s Conure, is a large parakeet found primarily in Central America from Panama to Nicaragua. It is fairly common in deforested areas and agricultural parts of Costa Rica, especially Heredia, Alajuela, Guanacaste, and recently the Valle Central.
Robert Alison

I have become familiar with this species in the Sarapiqui area, especially around Puerto Viejo. A 2007 report claims the agroforestry system has benefitted these psittacids and local populations have been increasing as a consequence. Recent studies suggest ongoing population growth, including new altitudinal records.

According to local naturalists and guides, these parakeets were popular household pets in Costa Rica until local law enforcement efforts dramatically reduced psittacid poaching activity. Residents traditionally wing-clipped captured parakeets and confined the flightless birds in trees (especially fruit trees), bushes or overgrown trellises in yards or gardens.


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August 2020