Orange-cheeked Parrot Pyrilia barrabandi

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Ivan Sj√∂gren

Two subspecies of the Orange-cheeked Parrot are recognized over the species’ relatively large, primarily western and central Amazonian range, which extends from southeast Colombia and southern Venezuela south across much of Amazonian Brazil, except the extreme east, to northernmost Bolivia. It is a stunningly plumaged parrot, with a black head relieved by a large orange-yellow malar patch and bare white periorbital patch, an olive-yellow throat and breast, and orange-yellow, red, and blue feathering on the wings, which are also marked by their black primaries. The more southerly ranging of the two subspecies is distinguished by its richer orange-colored malar region, shoulder, and thighs. Despite the species being generally uncommon over much of its distribution, the Orange-cheeked Parrot does not appear to be especially threatened, as the greater part of its range is still only subject to relatively minor but increasing inroads by logging concerns.

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© Curtis Marantz

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: