Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Cliff Parakeet (Myiopsitta luchsi)


French: Perriche des falaises German: Luchssittich Spanish: Cotorra boliviana

Bolborrhynchus [sic] Luchsi


, 1868,



Usually regarded as conspecific with M. monachus, but treated as separate species in HBW (and this is supported by recent genetic analysis#R) on basis of characters now scored as follows: uniform (unbarred) and much paler grey breast and crown (also no bars on mantle) (3); pure buffy-mustard vs yellow-tinged grey mid-belly (2); stronger green in all areas (1); bluer tail and darker flight-feathers and wing-coverts (ns[1]); darkish mark on base of upper mandible (ns[1]); cliff-nesting vs tree-nesting habit (1) (which, incidentally, may be related to apparently longer claws). Monotypic.

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Andean valleys of WC Bolivia (SE La Paz and W Santa Cruz to SE Potosí and Chuquisaca).

Descriptive notes

26–28 cm. Similar to M. monachus but grey of forehead whiter and extending to mid-crown, pale grey on breast lacks scaly effect of darker feather-centres, band... read more


Commonest call is a strident “kweeh! (sharply overslurred and covering a wide frequency range),... read more


Xerophytic vegetation and adjacent cliff areas near water in intermontane valleys, at 1300–... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of various fruit (never the same as those taken by A. rubrogenys), including those of caraparí cacti ... read more


Dec–Mar. Bulky nest constructed of twigs packed into crevices in cliffs; also apparently amongst leaves of cliff-hanging bromeliads.... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II (under M. monachus). Rather common but localized; some young are taken for local trade. No serious persecution despite attacks on... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Cliff Parakeet (Myiopsitta luchsi). 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 March 2018).