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Pyrrhura leucotis
Sub-species: Pyrrhura leucotis leucotis

P.l.leucotis is the nominate species. It is 9 in length and found in limited numbers along the coast of eastern Brazil, from Sao Paulo to Bahia. It is mostly Green with a band of maroon above the cere. The beak  and eye-ring are greyish brown. The upper cheeks, nape and crown are reddish brown. Blue suffusion on the forecrown, and lower cheeks are blue which sometimes extends around to the lower nape. The ear coverts are an off-white. The upper chest has a barred appearance that is green with dull yellow-orange edges and blackish tips. It has a maroon abdomen, lower back and upper tail feathers. The shoulders are splashed with scarlet. The primary coverts are greenish blue with the primary flights themselves being blue.The tail feathers are maroon marked with green and the legs and feet are gray.

 


Pyrrhura leucotis
Sub-species: Pyrrhura leucotis griseipectus

This sub-species is also sparse in the wild and found only in the state of Ceara in North Eastern Brazil. It is similar in appearance to leucotis, but the ear coverts are almost pure white and the feathers of the upper breast and sides of the neck are grey rather than green, broadly marked with dull yellow orange tipped in brown. No blue on the forecrown. This sub-species is commonly referred to as the Brazilian Grey-breasted Conure.

 


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