Burrowing Parrots are highly gregarious colonial parrots. Two races are found in Argentina, Cyanoliseus patagonus patagonus and C. p. andinus, and one in central Chile, C. p. bloxami. In Argentina, the species occurs from the Andean slopes in the northwest (C. p. andinus) to the Patagonian steppes in the south (C. p. patagonus). (note: sub-species are identified by 3 words in Latin; the first two denote the species while the third one the sub-species).
Generally, Burrowing Parrots inhabit bushy steppes, marginal xerophytes forests, grassland and farmland but they require sandstone, limestone or earth cliffs where they excavate their nest burrows.
Other names in English for this species are: Patagonian Conure, Lesser Patagonian Conure (C. p. patagonus), Andean Patagonian Conure (C. p. andinus), Greater Patagonian Conure (C. p. bloxami) and Burrowing Parakeet. The names in Spanish are: loro barranquero (Argentina), loro barranquero del norte (C. p. andinus), loro barranquero del sur (C. p. patagonus) and loro tricahue (C. p. bloxami, Chile). Common names in German are: Felsensittich, Kleiner Felsensittich (C. p. patagonus), Anden Felsensittich (C. p andinus) and Grosser Felsensittich (C. p. bloxami). The common name in Italian is: conuro patagonico. In French: Conure de Patagonie.