Bird Families

Pyrrhura molinae, Red-tailed green-cheeked parrot


The genus Pyrrur includes about two dozen species of parrots of different colors. A common feature of most birds is a predominantly green plumage and a long, stepped tail that is red or brownish red. Unfortunately, only a few species of South American pyrrhurs are available for sale. The owners note the beauty, peaceful disposition and relative simplicity of keeping these parrots.


In home maintenance, several types of pyrrur are most often found. All of them are brightly colored, have a slender elongated body and a long tail. The beak, which is powerful in comparison with the size of the bird itself, is rather wide, the upper beak is marked with a ledge. The body length is 22-29 cm on average, the tail is 12-15 cm. Females are identical to males in size and color.

The brown-eared red-tailed parrot has a greenish-gray head color. From ear level and below, gray-brown feathers grow on the throat and chest. The edges of the wings are bluish. The belly and inner surface of the tail are red. The main color is a rich green, typical for pyrrur. The size of birds of both sexes reaches 28 cm in length, the tail grows up to 14 cm.

The green-cheeked red-tailed parrot has several subspecies. This is a rather small species, up to 25 cm in length. Most of the plumage is grassy, ​​the tail is burgundy, the cheeks are greenish.

The pearl red-tailed parrot has a bright white area around the eyes. Against the general green background of the plumage, a scaly pattern with a yellow border on the throat and neck stands out. The top of the head is dark, brownish gray. The belly is decorated with a crimson spot.

The rocky red-tailed parrot has a body length of about 25 cm. The pattern on the head of this species of pyrrur is similar to a dark "cap", the neck is framed with a white-gray scaly pattern. The cheeks are green. The top of the wings is trimmed with bright scarlet feathers along the edge.

The yellow-winged red-tailed parrot has a typical pyrruric color of various shades: from dark green on the wings to light, almost lettuce, on the chest. The upper front part of the wing is yellow. The rim of the eyes is white; well-defined round crimson spots are located on the cheeks.

Life span

According to various sources, Pyrrurs live for 18-40 years. Life expectancy directly depends on the diet and conditions of the parrots.

Features of maintenance and care

Pyrrruhm need a lot of space These are territorial birds. It is better to keep them in an open-air cage or cage with a size of 60x60x120 cm. The nature of these parrots is generally peaceful, however, there are some nuances. Fosterlings of Pyrrur, for unknown reasons, are prone to aggression towards other birds and strangers. Adult sexually mature pets can actively defend the nesting house, even resorting to bites. But Pyrrhurs lend themselves to education and training. Meeting the owner, they swing from side to side and nod their heads like a cockatoo.

When arranging a dwelling for pyrrur, you should not clutter up the space with toys that these birds will not appreciate anyway. They need a place to rest, a house or a hammock. It is better to hang nipple drinkers, since parrots love to soak food in water and quickly pollute the water in open-type drinkers. The wooden parts of the cage can suffer from the beak of its inhabitants; large branches of fruit trees with leaves are used as a distraction.

The pyrrur diet consists of a specialized cereal mixture, fruits, vegetables, mineral supplements and protein supplements. During the breeding season, protein and calcium are the most important components of the bird's menu. The difficulty of breeding pyrrur in captivity is that these parrots need a special microclimate with high humidity.

The disadvantage of red-tailed parrots is their tendency to make noise, making loud noises. These birds have a complex, albeit peaceful, character. Sometimes they litter a lot, throwing the remains of food outside the cage.

Who is the pyrrhur parrot suitable for?

Beautiful, rather rare parrots are suitable for experienced bird lovers who are able to cope with the nature of these animals and cope with painstaking care of them.

How to choose a red-tailed parrot pyrrurue

The choice of a bird begins with an inspection of the plumage. It should be bright, without bald patches and bald patches. A healthy bird is active, has a clear look and quick movements. This genus of parrots does not have sexual dimorphism, so sex determination is possible only with the help of special tests. Males and females are tamed and trained in the same way.


The green-cheeked red-tailed parrot is common in the west, south and central regions of the state of Mato Grosso (Brazil), in the north and east of Bolivia and northwest of Argentina. They prefer forests. They live in large groups in the treetops.


The top of the head is dark brown, the neck is of the same color, but with a bluish edging of feathers. The cheeks and tail are green. The front of the neck and chest are brown. The spot on the belly is brownish red. The undertail is bluish. The tail is reddish brown.


The female lays 4 to 6 eggs. Incubates for 22-25 days. These parrots are often kept by hobbyists. They can pronounce individual words, although their "vocabulary" is limited.