The red-throated parakeet averages 28 cm in length, including their long tail. Their average weight is 130 g. They have a mostly green plumage, except their distinctive orange-red throat and foreneck, and scattered orange/yellow feathers on lower cheeks and the sides of neck. The underparts are yellow. They have yellow-green underwing coverts and the undersides of the flight feathers are dull yellow. The bill is horn-colored. They have bare, brown-grey eye rings and orange eyes.
Their breeding season is between February and May. They typically nest in woodpecker holes, other tree cavities, arboreal termite mounds or crevices in ruined or old buildings. They usually lay between 3 to 4 eggs.
They feed on seeds, nuts, berries and fruit.
From east Guatemala and El Salvador, towards the south through western Honduras and up to northern Nicaragua.
Altitudes between 600 and 1,800 metres, in diverse types of forest areas, except tropical jungle. Can be seen in humid forest, open areas and agricultural areas of Guatemala and pine forest of Nicaragua.
IUCN Red List: Least concern.