Blue-cheeked Parrot Amazona dufresniana

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: R. Dickey


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Blue-cheeked Parrot
eBird range map for Blue-cheeked Parrot

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Blue-cheeked Parrot is endemic to northeastern South America. It occurs from extreme eastern Venezuela in Bolívar east through Guyana and Suriname to French Guiana (Snyder 1966, Haverschmidt 1968, Wege and Collar 1991, Tostain et al. 1992, Hilty 2003). There is an undocumented record from Amapá, Brazil, where its occurrence seems likely (Collar 1995). More surprising are records from Brazil in northern Pará near Trombetas, ca 420 km south of southern Guyana (de Faria and Alvim 2013).

Blue-cheeked Parrot generally is resident, but some populations may have seasonal movements. In Suriname, for example, it is reported to "arrive" in coastal areas in July and August (Haverschmidt 1968).

Blue-cheeked Parrot is restricted to the lowlands; in Venezuela it occurs up to 1700 m (Hilty 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


The habitat requirements of Blue-cheeked Parrot are not well understood. In Venezuela it occupies humid lowland forest and forests in the foothills of the tepuis (Hilty 2003). In Suriname, however, this parrot seasonally occurs in coastal sand ridge forests (Haverschmidt 1968).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Dickey, R. (2015). Blue-cheeked Parrot (Amazona dufresniana), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.