Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Rose-faced Parrot (Pyrilia pulchra)


French: Caïque à joues roses German: Rosenwangenpapagei Spanish: Lorito carirrosado

Pionopsitta pulchra


, 1897,

San José, Río Dagua, Colombia


May form a parapatric species-pair with P. haematotis, with which considered conspecific in the past. Monotypic.


Lowlands and foothills of W Colombia (S from C Chocó) and W Ecuador (S to El Oro).

Descriptive notes

23 cm. Like P. haematotis but large pinky-rose facial area extending from lores, over eye to side of neck, paler on cheeks; also bend of wing orange and yellow, and... read more


Flight call is a shrieking “kree-kreek”. When perched, utters mostly harsh calls and various... read more


Wet forest, tall second growth, plantations and clearings with scattered trees, usually below 1200... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually unknown. Small fruit and cultivated bananas recorded.


Jan–Mar in N of range, Nov–Dec in C. No further information.


Apparent local increases in numbers may be seasonal, but no clear information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Uncommon and local, but sometimes fairly numerous and capable of doing damage to banana crops.... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Rose-faced Parrot (Pyrilia pulchra). 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).