The Grey-breasted Parakeet (Pyrrhura griseipectus) is endemic to Northeast Brazil, and was originally found in many states of this region. However, due to the destruction of its habitat (montane humid forests) and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, it is presently restricted to only three sites in Ceará State.


They measure between 22 and 28 cm and weight about 58 grams.

Fruits, seeds and flowers.

It is a social species that lives in family groups with aproximately 4 to 15 individuals.

At dusk, the parakeets seek shelter from predators in tree cavities​,​ palm leaves​,​ or bromeliads.

Breeds once a year, from February till June. Females lay 6 eggs on average.

Nests in tree cavities; since they are not able to escavate their own nests, they can use old cavities left by woodpeckers.

Both parents share the responsability of feeding the nestlings. Sometimes they are helped by other members of the family group.

Wildlife Trade

Poaching for the illegal wildlife trade is the main threat for the Grey-breasted Parakeet, since it reduces the already small natural population. This illegal practice has caused the local extirpation of the species in many places.


Deforestation is the major threat for the future of the species, since it reduces the availability of feeding and breeding habitat. Presently, even though the remaining montane forest habitats are very limited, deforestation still occurs at alarming rates.

Nest destruction

Every year, we find nests that are destroyed by poachers, decreasing the availability of natural cavities and consequently reducing the species reproductive chances.


Differentiation of the species
First record
Species description
Start of project
Field searches
Visitor Center
Field guide
Aproximate age of the species, ccording to genetic studies.
First record of the species, by a Dutch painter in Brazil.
Species formally described by scientists as Pyrrhura griseipectus.
Brazillian government recognizes the Grey-breasted Parakeet as Critically Endangered.
Begining of the Grey-breasted Parakeet Project.
IUCN recognizes the species as Critically Endangered.
Field searches conducted in several montane regions in NE Brazil.
First nest-boxes placed in Serra de Baturité.
The species is found in Quixadá.
First video footage inside nest boxes.
Nestlings first banded.
The species is found in Ibaretama.
Inauguration of the Grey-breasted Parakeet Visitor Center in Guaramiranga.
The photographic guide “Birds of the Baturité Mountains”is published.

90 mil anos a.c.


The National Action Plan is a set of goals designed to prevent the extinction of the species in the wild.

The goals are very diverse and range from increasing enforcement against illegal animal trade and poaching to field activities and monitoring in the wild, and environmental education in local communities.

To reach all these goals, it is necessary a joint effort involving government agencies, NGOs, enterprises, schools, landowners, farmers, local communities, among other stakeholders.


Placing and monitoring nest-boxes: currently there are 50 nest-boxes placed in Serra de Baturité and the number of Grey-breasted Parakeets occupying them has been increasing every year. After seven years, more than 400 nestlings were born in our nestboxes.

Monitoring natural nests: to avoid the destruction of natural nests by poachers, our field team locates and monitor these nests. The constant presence of the field team at the breeding areas has been reducing illegal activities.

Banding and protection of chicks: all the nestlings that hatch in our nest-boxes are banded and monitored to prevent poaching and attacks from wasps and bees, in order to increase their survival rates.

Video cameras and streaming: cameras are placed inside the nest-boxes and the images are used for both cientific and educational purposes.

Field trips to Quixadá and Ibaretama: in these two areas the number of parakeets observed was much smaller (when compared to the population at Serra de Baturité), representing a very fragile situation. During these trips we conduct field surveys and research (flocks size monitoring, identification of sleeping and feeding habitats, etc) and awareness campaings.

Raising awareness in local communities: to increase public awareness and participation, we have turned the Grey-breasted Parakeet into a symbol of natural resource conservation, featured on a series of environmental materials that are presented to rural communities, local farmers and landowners, tourists (in our visitor center) and schools.

The Grey-breasted Parakeet Project team encourages and provides technical support for landowners in the Baturité Mountains that are interested in transforming their forest habitats into Private Reserves. The creation of Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN), a formally recognized type of Protected Area area in Brazil, can provide great benefits to the Grey-breasted Parakeet and the population in general.



The Grey-breasted Parakeet Visitor Center is an interactive exhibition that uses simple audiovisual technology to explain the importance of biodiversity conservation.

Admittance is free. Working hours are: Friday 2-6pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm, and Sunday 8am to noon. Guided tours can be scheduled.



Graduated in Biology from the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Fabio is the team's coordinator and project leader, responsible for planning and overseeing all conservation strategies and actions. He also gives lectures, coordinates the consolidation of reports and materials for the project.

Ileyne Lopes

Ileyne has a Master's degree in Ecology from UNICAMP. She is responsible for the planning and execution of environmental awareness activities in local schools and communities. She also produces reports, informative, educational and communication materials.

Bruno Lindsey

Bruno is responsible for mantaining and organizing our field database, producing photographic records, and supporting all field activities.

Francisco Cezário

Francisco is responsible for monitoring the parakeets in the wild, maintaining the nest-boxes and conducting field surveys to locate natural nests.

Fabricio Jacaúna

Fabricio supports field monitoring activities and nestbox mantenance, while visiting rural properties to raise awareness about the nesbox campaign and perform other environmental education activities.

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