Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Red-faced Parrot (Hapalopsittaca pyrrhops)


French: Caïque de Salvin German: Salvinpapagei Spanish: Lorito ecuatoriano

Pionopsitta pyrrhops


, 1876,

Santa Rita and San Lucas, Ecuador


Forms a species-group with H. amazonina and H. fuertesi, and all three have commonly been considered conspecific. Monotypic.


SW Ecuador (S from Cañar) to extreme NW Peru (N Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

22 cm. Very like H. amazonina but entire area around bill orange-red, extending in line above and behind eye; crown otherwise green, tinged blue; breast less olive;... read more


Flight call is a rather subdued, mellow-sounding “currrt”. When perched, utters a wider variety of... read more


Very wet upper montane cloud forest, forest patches and shrubbery at the páramo ecotone,... read more

Food and feeding

Miconia fruits, Viburnum berries, Weinmannia shoots, flowers and seeds, Clethra flowers and pods, and... read more


Oct–Jan, possibly also Aug. Nest in cavity in tree. Eggs two, possibly sometimes three.


Some seasonal or irregular displacements, possibly mainly altitudinal in nature, occur.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Very uncommon and local in Ecuador, where forest clearance almost... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Red-faced Parrot (Hapalopsittaca pyrrhops). 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 20 October 2019).