Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Bronze-winged Parrot (Pionus chalcopterus)


French: Pione noire German: Glanzflügelpapagei Spanish: Loro alibronceado

Psittacus chalcopterus


, 1841,

Bogotá, Colombia


A member of the P. menstruus group (which see). Proposed race cyanescens (from S Colombia to Peru) very weakly marked and generally regarded as undiagnosable. Monotypic.


Andes of W Venezuela and Sierra de Perijá S through Colombia and Ecuador to NW Peru (Tumbes and Piura).

Descriptive notes

28–29 cm; 210 g. Head and neck bronze-brown to very dark navy blue with bare orbital ring flesh, bill yellow, and chin flecked white with pink scaly bib below on deep... read more


Flight call is a somewhat nasal “cheh” or “rreh”, or a bisyllabic “wi-cheh”. When perched, has a... read more


Humid foothill and highland cloud forest, borders, partially cleared areas with scattered trees,... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly documented. Seen feeding on fruits of Guazuma ulmifolia and Musa sp. (bananas), and flushed from fruiting ... read more


Mar–May in Colombia. Nest in hole in dead tree. In captivity: two eggs, size 29·3 mm × 23·7 mm; incubation 26... read more


Nomadic at least in Colombia, where populations on W slope of E Andes and E slope of W Andes... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Although at least recently locally common in SW Colombia and W Ecuador, on “Blue List” for former and threatened in latter by... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Bronze-winged Parrot (Pionus chalcopterus). 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 15 December 2019).