Grey Cheek Parakeet

Latin Name

Brotogeris Pyrrhopterus

Description

One of several in the Brotogeris family, Grey-cheeked Parakeets (hereafter referred to as grey cheeks)--also known as Pocket Parrots, Orange-winged Parakeets or Orange-flanked Parakeets--get their name from their distinctive grey cheeks, chin, and forehead. Other distinguishing features are a dusky blue crown and bright orange feathers on the under wings. Back, outer wing, and tail areas of their bodies are covered with iridescent green feathers, similar to a male Eclectus, with a lighter green shade on their underbellies. Until they are approximately 6 months old, grey cheeks have black or spotty, black beaks. As they mature, their beaks become horn-colored.

Grey cheeks, with a wide variety of toys, can entertain themselves for hours; they especially enjoy braided, fabric, rope perches. They are also very mischievous, very bold, have an unending curiosity, and should be closely supervised when out of their cages. Being very agile and proficient climbers, grey cheeks often get themselves into interesting places and situations without supervision.

Length

8 Inches (20 cm & weigh 54-60 grams). They are a little larger than lovebirds in size.

Sexing

Grey cheeks are not sexually dimorphic and need DNA (genetic) testing to determine their sex.

Origin

Originally from areas of northwestern Peru and western Ecuador.

Trainability

Handfed babies have very sweet personalities and are extremely intelligent, curious, energetic, and very playful. With time and patience, they can be taught to do tricks, have a good capacity for talking, and are great mimickers as well.

Loudness

Usually not very noisy when compared to larger birds like macaws, conures or cockatoos, but can become loud at times when over-excited, protecting their territory or when they think they are being ignored.

Pricing

Prices usually range between $200 - $400