Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Caica Parrot (Pyrilia caica)


French: Caïque à tête noire German: Kappenpapagei Spanish: Lorito caica

Psittacus Caïca


, 1790,



May form a parapatric species-trio with P. barrabandi and P. vulturina. Monotypic.


E Venezuela, the Guianas and N Brazil (from Roraima to Amapá, S to R Amazon).

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 121–143 g. Head brownish black, with bare orbital ring grey; fulvous collar with dark feather edges, producing scaled effect; throat and upper breast olive-brown... read more


Flight call is a peculiarly nasal, horn-like call, either a single “kyow”, a double-noted “kra ...... read more


Tall, primary terra firme forest and edge to 1100 m, rarely penetrating flooded forest or... read more

Food and feeding

Very few specific data. Seeds of Dracoides sagotianu, Protium, Brosium; once seen feeding on small dark red... read more


Nov–Jan in French Guiana. Nest in hole in tree 10 m up (only record). No further information.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Nowhere plentiful. Uncommon and local in E Venezuela, locally frequent in Guyana, scarce throughout... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Caica Parrot (Pyrilia caica). 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 23 October 2019).