A rare and local parrot of the Andes between 2000 – 3600m. Present in Colombia spottily in the Western, Central and Eastern Andes. Spreads from north-western Venezuela through Colombia into Ecuador and Perú.

Can be seen in flocks of 5-30 in Río Blanco and Urrao (trail to Colibrí del Sol). In Río Blanco it’s favorite food includes de small berries of mistletoes growing in the Alnus plantations (Alnus jorulensis) and the seeds of the Oak trees (Quercus humboltii).