Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Cobalt-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera)


French: Toui de Deville German: Kobaltflügelsittich Spanish: Catita aliazul

Sittace cyanoptera


, 1870,

Mission de Sarayacu and Amazon River


DNA study indicates that present species and B. chrysoptera are sister-species, the two in turn being sister to the pair B. pyrrhoptera and B. jugularis#R. Subspecific variation rather small; nevertheless, gustavi has been considered a separate species, although intermediates between it and nominate race have been found in lower Huallaga Valley (Peru). Three subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. c. cyanoptera (Pelzeln, 1870) – E & SE Colombia and S Venezuela to E Ecuador, E Peru, NW Bolivia and WC Brazil.
  • B. c. gustavi Berlepsch, 1889 – upper Huallaga Valley, in N Peru.
  • B. c. beniensis Gyldenstolpe, 1941 – NE & C Bolivia (Beni to W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–20 cm; mean 67 g. Green, darker on uppersides; forehead yellowish, crown and nape tinged blue, eyering whitish, chin orange; flight-feathers blue, tail green with... read more


    Common calls include a high-pitched “klee”, shrill “chree” or bisyllabic “chree-chree”, given both... read more


    Lowland rainforest (commoner on higher areas), humid second growth, forest edges, seasonally... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information. Recorded visiting flowering and fruiting trees, and eating Cecropia catkins.


    Little information. Evidence of breeding Jun–Jul in W of range, including pairs at holes in trees. In captivity: five eggs; hatching... read more


    Apparently sedentary, with some possibly seasonal upslope wandering.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common throughout range, but with no recent evidence of trade, hence rare in captivity. Present in Manu National Park, Peru, where density... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Cobalt-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera). 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 19 March 2018).