Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Short-tailed Parrot (Graydidascalus brachyurus)


French: Caïque à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzpapagei Spanish: Lorito colicorto

Psittacus brachyurus

Temminck & Kuhl

, 1820,

Cayenne; error = upper Amazonia


Proposed race insulsus (from Lago Grande, on S bank of Amazon in extreme E Amazonas) invalid. Monotypic.


SE Colombia (E from W Caquetá), NE Ecuador and E Peru through Amazon Basin to NE French Guiana and Brazil N of Amazon Delta.

Descriptive notes

24 cm; 188–233 g. Green, paler and more yellowish on underparts and uppertail-coverts; primaries darker green; wing-coverts edged yellow; short tail basally banded red... read more


Flight call is a rather high-pitched rolling “kree-ki-ki”. When perched, has a large variety of ‘... read more


Seasonally flooded várzea forest and secondary growth in other swampy habitats on... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits including Ficus, cultivated guava (Psidium guajava) and mango (Mangifera indica), seeds, nuts, berries,... read more


Birds with partly developed gonads in Sept, E Brazil. No other information.


May be seasonal in some areas, this perhaps geared to flooding of habitat; in Loreto, E Peru,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common, sometimes locally abundant, but becoming scarcer in upper reaches of rivers, presumably owing to restricted habitat. Little traded.

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Bonan, A. & Boesman, P. (2018). Short-tailed Parrot (Graydidascalus brachyurus). 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).