Red-billed Parrot Pionus sordidus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 6 subspecies
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  • © Beto Matheus

Six subspecies of the Red-billed Parrot are usually recognized across the species’ range, which is somewhat discontinuous, from northern Venezuela to northern Bolivia, principally along the east slope of the Andes, although there are isolated populations elsewhere, for example in western Ecuador and in the Santa Marta Mountains of northern Colombia. All of the different races are generally characterized in being dull green above, becoming somewhat buffier below, with variable amounts of blue on the head and breast, a red ventral patch, and an obvious reddish bill. The Red-billed Parrot has undoubtedly declined in at least some parts of its range, especially perhaps in northern Venezuela and in western Ecuador, but it nonetheless can persist in areas with moderate disturbance, and the species remains distinctly numerous in some regions.

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

Recommended Citation

Red-billed Parrot (Pionus sordidus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: