Pyrrhura m. molinea (nominate species): general plumage green; reddish-brown forehead; crown and nape brown tinged with green; cheeks green; ear-coverts greyish-brown; sides of neck, throat and upper breast pale brown sometimes tinged with dull green, each feather broadly margined with pale greyish-buff or dull yellow and tipped with dark brown thus giving a parred appearance; some blue feathers on hindneck, rarely forming an indistinct collar; brownish-red patch on center of abdomen; under tail-coverts green lightly washed with blue; primary-coverts and outer webs of primaries blue; outer webs of secondaries greenish-blue; tail above brownish-red tipped with blue and slightly marked with green at base, below dull brownish-red; bill grey; iris brown; legs dark grey.
Pyrrhura m. phoenicura: Like molinae but upper side of tail broadly marked with green.
Pyrrhura m. sordida: similar to molinae, but general plumage duller; crown paler brown; green of cheeks paler and less extensive; barring on breast indistinct because of paler centers to feathers; brownish-red abdominal patch paler and less prominent; outer webs or primaries paler blue; under tail-coverts suffused with blue.
Pyrrhura m. restricta: Like molineae, but green of cheeks tinged with blue; blue callar on hindneck always prominent; feahters on sides of neck, throat and upper breast very broadly margined with greyish-white instead of greyish-buff; brownish-red abdominal patch duller in color and less extensive; flanks and under tail-coverts strongly tinged with blue.
Pyrrhura m. australis: Similar to molinae, but with more pronounced brownish-red abdominal patch; underparts duller green and under tail-coverts green with little blue.