Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotellus chrysopterygius)


French: Perruche à ailes d’or German: Goldschultersittich Spanish: Perico aligualdo

Psephotus chrysopterygius


, 1857,

18° S, 141°30’ E = Dingo Hole#R, 17°59’26” S, 141°32’57” E, Clarina Creek, north Queensland


Forms a species-group with P. dissimilis and †P. pulcherrimus; close to former, and in the past considered conspecific. Monotypic.


C & S parts of Cape York Peninsula, in N Queensland (NE Australia).

Descriptive notes

26 cm; 54–56 g. Forehead pale yellow, mid-crown from above eye black narrowing to thin stripe down nape to mantle; rest of head and underparts turquoise-blue but with... read more


In flight gives a Platycercus-like whistled contact call. Other calls include a short... read more


Open forest dominated by Eucalyptus and Melaleuca in vicinity of extensive flats... read more

Food and feeding

Small grass seeds, mainly firegrass (Schizachyrium) in the dry season, supplemented by legumes, both native desmodiums and... read more


Apr–Jun, but second broods sometimes in Jul–Aug. Uses two types of termitaria: meridian mounds of Amitermes laurensis... read more


Pronounced post-breeding dispersal, with some evidence suggesting this is into coastal areas... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Significant decline and contraction of range since start of 20th century, the species now occupying a... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Bonan, A. & Boesman, P. (2018). Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotellus chrysopterygius). 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).