Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)


French: Perruche érythroptère German: Rotflügelsittich Spanish: Papagayo alirrojo

Psittacus erythropterus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Cooktown, northern Queensland, Australia


Forms a species-pair with A. jonquillaceus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. e. papua Mayr & Rand, 1936 – lowland SC New Guinea (Trans-Fly region).
  • A. e. coccineopterus (Gould, 1865) – N Western Australia (Kimberley) E to N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula).
  • A. e. erythropterus (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – EC Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    30–32 cm; 156 g. Green on head, nape, underparts and rump; bill orange red; mantle, uppper back and secondaries greenish black; lesser, median and secondary coverts red... read more


    Commonest vocalization a repeated shrill rolling disyllabic “curleek”. When perched, also a short... read more


    In Australia open Eucalyptus forest, riverine thickets, Melaleuca woodland, arid... read more

    Food and feeding

    Preference shown for seeds of eucalypts, acacias and hopbush (Dodonea), plus mistletoe Loranthus berries and ... read more


    Aug–Feb generally, but Apr–Jul in NE Australia. Nest high in hollow limb or deep hole in tree, often a waterside eucalypt. Eggs... read more


    Relatively sedentary in climatically more stable regions, but rather nomadic elsewhere with... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally common, locally abundant, and possibly benefiting from forest clearance in parts of Australia, where sometimes illegally... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus). 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 25 March 2018).