Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Barred Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola)


French: Toui catherine German: Katharinasittich Spanish: Catita barrada

Psittacula lineola


, 1853,

“National Bridge, Mexico” = Puente Nacional, Veracruz


Proposed race maculatus (probably from Peru) is included in tigrinus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. l. lineola (Cassin, 1853) – S Mexico (from C Veracruz and N Oaxaca) discontinuously to W Panama (Veraguas).
  • B. l. tigrinus (Souancé, 1856) – N & W Venezuela and Colombia (including Santa Marta Mts) patchily in Andes S to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–18 cm; 42–59 g. Green in various shades throughout, bluish on forecrown, more olive on back, yellower below, with deeper olive wing-coverts and bottle green... read more


    Flight call is a diagnostic upslurred, somewhat mellow, muffled “gweeh”. Highly vocal in flight,... read more


    Humid evergreen and pine-evergreen cloud-forest groves, second growth and clearings; tigrinus... read more

    Food and feeding

    Buds, blossom, Cecropia catkins, corn, berries, fruits and seeds, e.g. of Myrtis, Heliocarpus and Miconia... read more


    Evidently dry season, Costa Rica; possibly Dec, Panama; Jul–Aug in Colombia. Nests in tree cavities. Eggs unknown; in captivity large... read more


    Apparently nomadic in response to bamboo seeding, hence local numerical status often very erratic.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Uncommon to frequent throughout range, occurring in flocks up to 150, but still probably overlooked owing to silent behaviour and cryptic... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Barred Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 March 2018).