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Vulturine Parrot Pyrilia vulturina


Just over a decade ago, the Vulturine Parrot’s closest relatives were speculated to be the Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi) and the Caica Parrot (Pyrilia caica). However, with the more recent realization that birds long thought to be juvenile Vulturine Parrots actually belong to a separate species, the recently described Bald Parrot (Pyrilia aurantiocephala), it now seems that these two form a species-pair, and it is even possible that they are capable of inter-breeding. The Vulturine Parrot is a very poorly known bird endemic to east Amazonian Brazil, where it occurs south of the Amazon between the Rio Madeira and the state of Maranhão, and it inhabits both terra firme and seasonally flooded forests to at least 800 m. It is a remarkable-looking species, principally green with an overall bare, dark-skinned head, a feathered yellow collar, and yellowish-flesh lores, as well as a striking reddish-orange shoulder patch.

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Recommended Citation

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