Species names in all available languages
|Catalan||Aratinga de màscara roja|
|English (United States)||Red-masked Parakeet|
|French||Conure à tête rouge|
|Gallegan||Aratinga de Guaiaquil|
|Spanish||Aratinga de Guayaquil|
|Spanish (Chile)||Cotorra de cabeza roja|
|Spanish (Ecuador)||Perico Caretirrojo|
|Spanish (Peru)||Cotorra de Cabeza Roja|
|Spanish (Puerto Rico)||Perico de Cabeza Roja|
|Spanish (Spain)||Aratinga de Guayaquil|
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Red-masked Parakeet is the Aratinga of the dry forests of the lowlands of southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru. Its range abuts that of Scarlet-fronted Parakeet (Psittacara wagleri); Scarlet-fronted primarily occurs at higher elevations, in moister montane forests, but occasionally the two species may be found at the same sites. Red-masked Parakeet is grass green with a solid red plumage "mask" covering the forecrown, crown, lores and cheeks, along with red underwing coverts and red terminal tibiotarsal (leg) feathers. Red-masked Parakeet is a social species, and usually is encountered in flocks. Its diet is not well known but includes the seeds and fruit of several different tree species and Erythrina flowers. Red-masked Parakeet formerly was very common throughout its range, but the population has declined markedly in recent decades. Its IUCN Red List status is rated as Near-Threatened, but some authorities believe that it would be more accurate to classify Red-masked Parakeet as Vulnerable.