Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Cuban Parakeet (Psittacara euops)


French: Conure de Cuba German: Kubasittich Spanish: Aratinga cubana
Other common names: Cuban Conure

Sittace euops


, 1832,



May form a species-pair with P. chloropterus. Monotypic.


Cuba, where now confined to remote regions (including Zapata Peninsula, Trinidad Mts, Sierra de Najasa, and some areas of E mountain ranges)#R; formerly also I of Pines.

Descriptive notes

24–27 cm; 78–96 g. Green, more yellowish below; red flecks on head and underparts; bare orbital ring white; edge of wing and lesser underwing-coverts red; greater... read more


Flight call a loud and characteristic “crick-crick-crick”. While perched, emits high-pitched... read more


Savannas, notably where rich in Copernicia and Thrinax palms, cultivated land... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and/or seeds of Xanthoxylon, Terminalia, Melicoccus, Roystonea regia, Spondias lutea,... read more


Apr–Jul. Nest in hole in tree including palms such as Sabal florida, often originally excavated by Cuban Green Woodpecker (... read more


Flocks reported to descend occasionally from Trinidad mountains in Sept and Oct.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Formerly abundant and one of the most numerous of Cuba’s endemic birds. Extirpated from I of Pines at the beginning of the 20th century, ... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Cuban Parakeet (Psittacara euops). 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 12 December 2019).