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Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Animals, Birds, Central Valley, Costa Rica | 24 comments

unParrot in Costa Rica

unParrot in Costa Rica

Crimson Fronted Parakeet El Cajon de Grecia Costa RicaParrot’ing

In the States, to my non-tropical mind, every colorful bird was a Parrot. I thought a Scarlet Macaw was a Parrot, I thought Parakeets were Parrots and I thought Parrots were Parrots.  So, once we arrived in our new home of Grecia and started getting used to the sounds and sights of different birds; I thought these noisy neighbors were Parrots.

I have been corrected and now know that the birds pictured in this blog are called Crimson Fronted Parakeets (also called the Finsche’s Parakeet). They are found in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and parts of Costa Rica. They are the most common Parakeet seen (HEARD) in the Central Valley.


Pretty is as Pretty Does

Flocks of these squawky creatures frequent gardens and forest edges often finding rest in Palm and Erythrina trees. These birds are very fond of my elevation, street and house. They are mostly fond of this area at about 5:30am while I am trying to get just a few more minutes sleep. They look pretty but their squawk is shrill.

Crimson Fronted Parakeet El Cajon de Grecia Costa Rica

I have never seen just one of these birds flying alone. It is usually a herd but occasionally you will see 2 flying along and looking for their mates. Many times you will just hear them and not be able to pinpoint where they are.

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All of the pictures taken on this page are of Crimson Fronted Parakeets and they like a certain tree at the front of the home where I stay. When their squawking sounds wake me, I have no choice but to get up and go shoot them…I hope you like the shots.

Crimson Fronted Parakeet at El Cajon de Grecia Costa Rica


Hasta Pronto,


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  1. Great shots Gregorio

    • Thanks Rob. Great subjects make great shots…and these always call me when they arrive.

  2. I think you mean they are usually in a flock, not a herd. 😉

    • Haha Wayne – I considered – gaggle and HEARD before deciding upon herd. Flock, while being the correct word, was never even a consideration.

      • Buttload is also good.

        • I’m writing that one down Wayne!

  3. another good job my friend, herd , flock whatever there’s a lot of them and they make a lot of noise……..they sure are pretty Pura Vida

    • Jim, you need to get back down here.

  4. great photos……….are they taken from your perch at poolside

    • No Jim, I actually had to get up off my ass and move to the front of the house to get these photos – up the stairs to the 3rd floor balcony. There is a tree right there that they like to eat from.

  5. well kids I can’t get there fast enough…………you two keep me connected to my new home……mucho gusto…….is that correct ?

  6. Hey Gregorio! A friend of mine has had one of these as a pet for YEARS and it knows a lot of words! It will walk around her house and call her cats saying: “Here kitty kitty kitty”…. it’s hilarious! Maybe you should teach these guys to say “Good morning Greg and Jen!” lol.

    • Well that would be much more pleasant!

  7. You aren’t kidding, those gorgeous birds are loud! 🙂 If any of you are interested in learning more about Healthcare, Retirement, Schools, and moving to Costa Rica visit! Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica is a new all-inclusive guide to your new life in Costa Rica. It will be available for purchase on Sept 15th in print and eReader formats! Go to to watch the book trailer!

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    • Good luck with your book Shannon.

  8. This must be the same flock that stops at my place (straight uphill from behind Justa’s house) about that same time every morning and feed here too. They love to congregate on my tallest tree, an “Encino”-type of oak. They also like to feed on my hibiscus flowers nearby. It’s quite the racket, but they don’t stay very long.

    • May very well be. They come and go pretty quick but they are loud enough to let me know they are there. It seems they are more prevalent now than they were when we first arrived. Might just be that we now know what that racket is.

      • I’ve never paid enough attention as to if their presence has a seasonal variation, but I’ll ask around and let you know.

  9. Well, evidently Mark and I as well as Pablo thought they were all Parrots as well. Thanx for edjamakating us Greg! Great post!!!! Jeanie

    • I was wrong and have been corrected…then I was questioned and after further research concluded the classification in this post is correct…whew – it is tough being a blog writer.

  10. These are awesome photos! You’re certainly surrounded by unique wildlife it seems wherever you go in Costa Rica. It always pays to have your camera handy.

    • Thanks – it is amazing how many times I see something cool but don’t have my camera…good thing the iPhone has a good camera as that is normally with me.

  11. Excellent picture of the flying Crimson Fronted Parakeets. Not always easy to keep them in focus when flying.

    • Thanks James. I appreciate the compliment.

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