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Ocean Beach/Point Loma Info

Local Parrot Species - Identification Guide

A handy reference guide for anyone in the San Diego area who would like to more easily identify our local wild parrots. There are 5 main species found in San Diego... We have included photos, information, and videos (you'll hear them before you see them!) for you to easily figure out which parrot species are visiting your backyard.

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Red-crowned Amazon
Amazona viridigenalis

 Audio ID (Youtube clip)

  • Roost/flock with Lilac-crowned Amazons
     

  • Baby season mid-May through mid-July
     

  • Fledgling coloration: less red than adults
     

  • Nestlings, Juveniles found near beach communities
     

  • Adults found throughout county

RCA Nestling

RCA Juvenile

RCA Adults

Lilac-crowned Amazon
Amazona finschi

 Audio ID (Youtube clip)

  • Roost/flock with Red-crowned Amazons
     

  • Baby season May through late June
     

  • Fledgling coloration: less red than adults, darker eyes
     

  • Nestlings, Juveniles found near beach communities
     

  • Adults found throughout county

LCA Nestling

LCA Adult

Red-crowned (back) and Lilac-crowned (front) Adults

Red-masked Conure
Psittacara erythrogenys

 Audio ID (Youtube clip)

  • Roost/flock with Mitred Conures
     

  • Baby season late June through August
     

  • Fledgling coloration: No red on head or body
     

  • Nestlings, Juveniles found near beach communities and La Mesa
     

  • Adults found throughout county

RMC Nestlings

RMC Nestling

RMC Adult

Mitred Conure
Psittacara mitratus

 Audio ID (Youtube clip)

  • Roost/flock with Red-masked Conures
     

  • Baby season June through mid-August
     

  • Fledgling coloration: Little to no red on head or body
     

  • Nestlings, Juveniles found near beach communities
     

  • Adults found throughout county

Mitred Nestling

Mitred Juvenile

Mitred Adult

Blue-crowned Conure
Psittacara acuticaudatus

 Audio ID (Youtube clip)

BCC Nestling

  • Baby season late April to late June
     

  • Fledgling coloration: Blue on forecrown only
     

  • Only confirmed population near Point Loma and Ocean Beach

BCC Adult