Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Grey-cheeked Parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera)


French: Toui flamboyant German: Feuerflügelsittich Spanish: Catita macareña

Psittacus pyrrhopterus


, 1801,

Brazil; error = Guayaquil, Ecuador


DNA study indicates that this species and B. jugularis are sister taxa which, in turn, are sister to the pair B. cyanoptera and B. chrysoptera#R. Monotypic.


SW Ecuador (Manabi, Los Ríos, Santa Elena and Guayas to Loja) and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes and N Piura).

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 60–68 g. Crown bluish green, cheeks pale grey; body and wings green, lighter below; underwing-coverts orange-red. Immatures have green crowns.


Common calls include a shrill “chree” or bisyllabic “chree-chree”, given both in flight and perched... read more


Evergreen and disturbed humid forest, deciduous Ceiba trichistandra forest and woodland (... read more

Food and feeding

Petals and seeds of Erythrina trees, flowers and seeds of Chorisa, flowers of Cavanillesia platanifolia, fruit... read more


Most activity probably coincides with the wet season, Jan–Mar, although specimens from Jul had slightly enlarged gonads, and... read more


The scarcity of the species in certain apparently suitable areas may reflect seasonal displacements... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Previously considered Near ­Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Formerly abundant, now only locally common. Present in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Grey-cheeked Parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera). 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 6 December 2019).