Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Blue-collared Parrot (Geoffroyus simplex)


French: Perruche à col bleu German: Blauhalspapagei Spanish: Lorito acollarado

Pionias simplex

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

Arfak Mountains, 3500 feet (c. 1000 m), New Guinea


May form a species-group with G. heteroclitus and G. hyacinthinus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. simplex (A. B. Meyer, 1874) – NW New Guinea (mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula).
  • G. s. buergersi Neumann, 1922 – Central Ranges of New Guinea (Snow Mts E to Owen Stanley Range).
  • Descriptive notes

    22 cm; 161 g. Green, more yellowish on underparts, with broad, full but indistinct greyish blue collar; bronze stain on median wing-coverts; underwing-coverts dark blue; tail... read more


    Quite vocal. Calls include several, mainly even-pitched, metallic whistles, as well as short nasal... read more


    Mid-montane oak forest at 600–2000 m, favouring drier ridges.

    Food and feeding

    Seeds of Castanopsis and Lithocarpus oaks are particularly favoured, and small seeds found in stomachs, but regularly... read more


    Jan and Oct. Nest recorded in hole 10 m up in large rotten stump, with three young.


    Strongly nomadic, fairly often penetrating lowlands to sea-level, and sometimes ranging up to 2300... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally rather scarce to fairly common, but extremely shy.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Blue-collared Parrot (Geoffroyus simplex). 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 11 December 2019).