Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Simeulue Parrot (Psittinus abbotti)


French: Perruche d’Abbott German: Grünbürzelpapagei Spanish: Lorito de la Simeulue

Psittinus abbotti


, 1902,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. cyanurus, but differs in its stronger green underparts (ns[1]); larger size (both sexes) (effect size vs P. c. pontius, which is itself larger than P. c. cyanurus, 2.62 for wing, 2.85 for tail, score 2); lack of grey mantle and back (3); lack of powder-blue rump (3); green vs brown hood in female (3); strong blue crown and hood with sharp blackish hindcollar (ns[1]). Monotypic.


Simeulue and Siumat, off NW Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

c. 19 cm. Fairly small, bright green, stocky parrot with a very short tail. Blue face with green forecrown, and strong, narrow black hindcollar. Female has all-green head. No... read more


No known differences from P. cyanurus, although poorly studied.


Presumably similar to P. cyanurus, i.e. in evergreen and semi-evergreen lowland forest,... read more

Food and feeding

No data specific to this population, but presumably similar to P. cyanurus.


Nothing known.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Population estimated by BirdLife International at 2500–9999 mature individuals, but numbers have been... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Simeulue Parrot (Psittinus abbotti). 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 February 2020).