Rufous-fronted Parakeets


The Rufous-fronted Parakeet (Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons) is a threatened species endemic to the central Andes of Colombia, inhabiting open habitats mainly above 3,200 m elevation. Although it is reported to roost and nest in cliffs, in 2007 Fundación ProAves biologists in a project supported by the Loro Parque Fundación discovered the first ever nest in epiphytic moss in a tree.

However, in February 2008, Colombian biologist David Bejarano-Bonilla reported another first. He found a nesting colony of about 200 Rufous-fronted Parakeets in a rock-face, some 1,200 m long and 100 m high, located in the buffer zone of Los Nevados National Park at 3,550 m elevation. He scaled the rock-face, but at the time did not find evidence of breeding, although he will continue to monitor the...