Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi)


French: Caïque de Barraband German: Goldwangenpapagei Spanish: Lorito carinaranja

Psittacus Barrabandi


, 1820,



May form a parapatric species-trio with P. caica and P. vulturina. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. b. barrabandi (Kuhl, 1820) – S & SE Colombia and S Venezuela to Brazil N of Amazon (E to R Negro).
  • P. b. aurantiigena (Gyldenstolpe, 1951) – E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia to W Brazil S of Amazon (E to R Madeira and W Mato Grosso).
  • Descriptive notes

    25 cm; 165–190 g (mean also given as 140 g). Head black circumscribing large orange-yellow malar patch and white bare orbital ring; throat and upper breast olive-yellow... read more


    Most common call is a reedy, almost bisyllabic “chureee” (somewhat reminiscent of Pionus... read more


    Like P. caica a bird of primary lowland terra firme forest, but sometimes also in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds and fruits: of six food-plants, three were Moraceae (Ficus, Pourouma and Pseudolmedia), two Leguminosae (... read more


    Probably Sept–Oct in E of range, based on immatures in Feb. No further data.


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally uncommon and local, but occasionally frequent to numerous in W parts of range, e.g. N... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Bonan, A. & Boesman, P. (2019). Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi). 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 13 December 2019).