Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Saffron-headed Parrot (Pyrilia pyrilia)


French: Caïque de Bonaparte German: Goldkopfpapagei Spanish: Lorito cabecigualdo

Psittacula pyrilia


, 1853,

Río Hacha, Santa Marta, Colombia




E Panama (E Darién) through N & C Colombia to NW Venezuela. Status in NW Ecuador uncertain (two records)#R.

Descriptive notes

24 cm. Head including nape, sides of neck and chin yellow, stained red around and behind eyes, bare orbital ring white circled by brown extending onto lores and nares; breast... read more


Most common call is a shrieking “cureek” or “queek”, given both in flight and perched. When perched... read more


Humid and wet forest, tall second growth and borders, in lowlands and foothills, regularly to c.... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


Mar–Jun in Colombia. No further information available.


Higher elevation records may be seasonal in nature, and records from Pacific coast of Colombia as... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Apparently uncommon over much of its range, and never very numerous. Although described as still well... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Saffron-headed Parrot (Pyrilia pyrilia). 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 23 March 2018).