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Saffron-headed Parrot Pyrilia pyrilia

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Formerly placed in the genus Pionopsitta, but recently returned to the genus Pyrilia as a result of molecular research, the Saffron-headed Parrot is a largely green-bodied parrot, with a stunning yellow head, a white orbital ring, dark lores, an olive-colored breast band, a yellow patch on the smaller wing coverts, and a red wing-bend. It inhabits forests and their borders from eastern Panama to northern Colombia, and northwest Venezuela, where the species ranges as high as 1650 above sea level, at least seasonally. The species appears to be rather rare over much of its range, apparently as a result of both habitat destruction and perhaps the pet trade, and BirdLife International now treats the Saffron-headed Parrot as Near Threatened.

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  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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