French: Pione à tête bleue German: Schwarzohrpapagei Spanish: Loro cabeciazul
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. rubrigularis
Cabanis, 1881 – E Costa Rica to N & W Colombia, NW Venezuela and W Ecuador; recorded in Nicaragua#R.
P. m. menstruus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – E Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru and C Bolivia E to E & S Venezuela, Trinidad and the Guianas, and through Amazonia to WC & NE Brazil (N Mato Grosso do Sul, Maranhão).
24–28 cm; 209–295 g. Blue head and breast with blackish ear-coverts and some slight red flecking on throat; underparts green with some blue edging to feathers;... read more
Flight call is a repeated, rather high-pitched, ringing and upslurred “crreeenk!”. This is one of... read more
Deciduous woodland including cerrado, humid and wet forest, mature second growth,... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of Albizia, Anacardium, Caraipa, Dialium, Hevea, Hura, Clusia, ... read more
Jan–May in Panama; Feb–Apr in Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela; late May/early Jun–Sept in SE Peru; Mar and Oct on... read more
Movements occur in some regions, associated with new availability of food, e.g. numbers decline in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. One of the most numerous parrot species in South America, common throughout its range in a variety of lowland wooded habitats. Commonly... read more
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