The Santa Marta Parakeet (Pyrrhura viridicata) is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae and the order Psittaciformes, its measures around 25 centimeters.
It’s mostly green with a band on the red front. The naked eye area is greyish and the belly has red, yellow and orange spots and spots. Its ears and nape are brownish and when it is flying it exhibits blue primary and the lower surface of the opaque reddish tail.
It is found only in Colombia between 2000 and 2500 m above sea level in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It has been registered in San Lorenzo, Cerro Quemado and Cerro Kennedy. There are also reports for this species at the base of the Mamarongo Páramo in the Guajira.
It uses humid mountain forests, forest edges and clearings, stubbles, exotic species plantations and cultivation.
Close observation showed that the Santa Marta parakeet’s diet correlated with vegetation abundance, which suggests that it exhibits ecological flexibility. Its foraging strategies, which change depending on vegetation, rely highly on group cohesion and altering between food sources
This species is threatened by to the degradation and loss of its habitat.