The Cherry Headed Conure has the scientific name Psittacara erythrogenys and goes by several names other names including, Red Masked Parakeet and Red Headed Conure. It is a social bird that lives in flocks in the wild and so likes to have companions around. It comes from the Psittacara genus and is part of the Psittacidae family of true parrots, a sub-section of the Parrot Order of birds. On average, you can expect a Cherry Headed Conure to weigh 150 to 200 grams and be 30 to 35 centimeters in size.
Originally these birds are from Ecuador and Peru. However, feral populations have started to grow in San Francisco in America and southern Florida. In the wild, their natural habitat is made up of thick jungle and rainforest often in areas of high altitude. They are a near-threatened species in the wild with an estimated decreasing population of just 6700 individuals. This decrease is occurring due to habitat loss and poaching for aviculture.