The Golden-winged Parakeet is the northeasternmost representative of the genus Brotogeris, and is sometimes considered to form a superspecies with the Cobalt-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera) of upper Amazonia, and the Orange-chinned Parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis) of Middle America and northwest South America. The present species ranges from south and central Amazonian Brazil east along the Amazon itself and north over the Guianas to northeast Venezuela, and the species inhabits primary lowland forest, second growth, and other wooded habitats, including large cities, provided there are sufficient trees. This parakeet has been recorded to 1200 m north of the Orinoco in Venezuela, where the species has been recorded in cloud forest. At rest the Golden-winged Parakeet appears like a more or less uniform psittacine, with a relatively long tail, but upon taking the flight the bright yellow-orange primary coverts are immediately apparent (although these are lacking in immatures). Some five subspecies are currently recognized, and these chiefly differ in their wing and tail patterns, as well as in the presence and color of the frontal band and chin spot.