The Rose-faced parrot is native to a small portion of South America. Their range covers portions of Colombia and Ecuador. They live in areas heavily forested. A tall thick tropical forest is where you will likely find this bird. They are hard to spot as their green coloring help them blend very well into their surroundings. The numbers are not well known, however they are not considered endangered. What is a concern is the deforestation going on in and around their habitat. A continued decline in the quality of their forests will certainly result in a decline in the number of these very beautiful birds.
These are not well known birds. Unlike birds such as the African Grey parrots, these are almost unheard of in the pet trade. People just do not keep these birds. At least not commonly. People in Colombia or Ecuador may capture and keep them. Of this, I am not certain. Because of this, a specific diet is not well documented. A basic diet of grains, fruits, and veggies is what is recommended. A vitamin and mineral supplement is something that also should be given to ensure a complete diet.
A nickname of this bird is “Beautiful Bird”. This is very fitting. They are mainly forest green with some colorful markings. They head and forehead is a rich brown that fades to light brown and then yellow as the color travels down to the neck and upper chest. The wing feathers are orange and yellow. The tail is green like the body color but is tipped with blue. The cheeks are a rose colored, hence the bird’s name. The beak and feet are light to medium beige. The eyes stand out nicely, being yellow with a white ring around them. Both the male and female are very similar except for size. The female is a bit smaller than the male.
Rose-faced parrots are around 9 inches long and weigh an average of 7 ounces. They have a shrill in-flight call and have a reputation of being mellow, friendly birds. Because they are a social bird, they should be kept with at least one mate or given many hours of socialization per day. Being a parrot, they are extremely intelligent and need almost constant positive mental stimulation.
Common Diseases and Ailments:
– Psittacine beak and feather disease
– Proventricular dilation disease
– Feather picking