Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Horned Parakeet (Eunymphicus cornutus)


French: Perruche cornue German: Hornsittich Spanish: Perico cornudo
Other common names: Long-horned Parakeet

Psittacus cornutus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

New Caledonia


Until recently, generally considered conspecific with E. uvaeensis (which see). Monotypic.


New Caledonia.

Descriptive notes

32 cm; male 167 g, female 125 g. Generally green, more yellowish on underparts, with rump, ear-coverts and nape greenish yellow; forehead to mid-crown red with several (... read more


Noisy, giving repeated, nasal, raucous “khoo” or “kho-koot” calls, rather similar to those of New... read more


Forests up to 30 m tall), notably Agathis australis and Araucaria-dominated, as... read more

Food and feeding

Berries of vines, seeds of various trees and shrubs, notably “penubre tree”, Agathis lanceolata, Lantana camara... read more


Sept–Mar. Nest in hole in dead or living tree, species including Metrosideros demonstrans; sometimes on ground, including... read more


Sedentary, but it may migrate seasonally to foraging grounds during austral winter (Jun–Sep... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES I. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Has declined substantially since the 1880s owing to habitat loss and cagebird trade and may now number... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Horned Parakeet (Eunymphicus cornutus). 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 11 December 2019).