Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-billed Parrot (Pionus sordidus)


French: Pione à bec rouge German: Dunenkopfpapagei Spanish: Loro piquirrojo

Psittacus sordidus


, 1758,

Mexico; error = Venezuela


DNA data indicate that this species is sister to P. maximiliani, with P. fuscus sister to that pair#R. Race mindoensis considered inseparable from corallinus by some authors#R, but appears worthy of recognition#R. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. s. saturatus Todd, 1915 – Santa Marta massif, in N Colombia.
  • P. s. ponsi Aveledo & Ginés, 1950 – Santa Marta foothills (N Colombia) to NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá).
  • P. s. sordidus (Linnaeus, 1758) – N Venezuela (Falcón and Lara E to Miranda).
  • P. s. antelius Todd, 1947 – NE Venezuela (NE Anzoátegui, S Sucre, N Monagas).
  • P. s. corallinus Bonaparte, 1854 – E Andes of Colombia S through E Ecuador to C Peru (Pasco) and Bolivia.
  • P. s. mindoensis Chapman, 1925 – W Ecuador.
  • Descriptive notes

    28 cm; 272 g. Entire head dull green heavily edged dull blue; bare orbital ring greyish; bill red; upper breast dull blue, with blue scaling on green below, shading to pink-... read more


    Several flight calls described, apparently with a regional difference. Common calls include a... read more


    Humid and wet submontane and lowland evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, cloud forest and gallery... read more

    Food and feeding

    No specific information; fruits and blossoms mentioned.


    Feb–Apr in Colombia; Apr in Venezuela; Jan–May in Ecuador; Oct in Bolivia. Nest in hole in tree, in one case 6 m from ground,... read more


    Local movements occur in dry season at Rancho Grande, N Venezuela, but only when little wind,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common in most of range, perhaps less numerous in W Ecuador but one of commonest parrots at 2000 m in La Paz, N Bolivia. Forest... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Red-billed Parrot (Pionus sordidus). 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 16 February 2020).