Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Vulturine Parrot (Pyrilia vulturina)


French: Caïque vautourin German: Kahlkopfpapagei Spanish: Lorito vulturino

Psittacus vulturinus


, 1820,



Commonly separated in genus Gypopsitta on basis of bare head of adult, but this character probably of little or no taxonomic significance; in other respects this species clearly belongs in Pyrilia and, indeed, may form a parapatric species-trio with P. barrabandi and P. caica. Monotypic.


N Brazil S of Amazon from R Madeira E to NW Maranhão.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 138–165 g. Generally green; head bare, covered in bristles that match skin, with lores and base of lower mandible yellowish flesh, rest black; complete (... read more


Flight call is a slightly nasal rhythmic “tree ... trayaweet” or simply “trayaweet”. When perched,... read more


Occupies both dryland terra firme and seasonally flooded (várzea) forest. read more

Food and feeding

No specific information. The bare head may be an adaptation to a particular large fruit whose juice mats feathers.


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Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Uncommon within relatively small range, which is rapidly being cleared of forest in the E, where new forest reserves are sorely needed; present in... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Vulturine Parrot (Pyrilia vulturina). 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 22 March 2018).