Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

White-capped Parrot (Pionus seniloides)


French: Pione givrée German: Greisenkopfpapagei Spanish: Loro seniloide

Psittacus selinoides

[sic]#R Massena and Souancé

, 1854,



Often treated as a distinct species, but united with P. tumultuosus (e.g. in HBW) following earlier information#R. Here reseparated on account of its white forehead and grey-scaled white crown vs all plum-red crown (3); white and grey vs plum-red, white and blackish flecks on face, ear-coverts, chin and throat (2); brownish-grey extending down breast to belly on typical birds vs shading rapidly to green on mid-breast (2). Monotypic.


W Venezuela (from Trujillo–Lara border) through E Andes of Colombia (rare in W Andes#R), and on both slopes of Andes in Ecuador and NW Peru (W to Cajamarca, E to at least La Libertad#R).

Descriptive notes

26–29 cm. Short-tailed, stocky parrot with pale yellowish-horn bill and red undertail-coverts. Previously considered conspecific with allopatric P. tumultuosus (see... read more


No known differences between this species and P. tumultuosus.


Largely confined to temperate-zone forests, in elfin woodland, wooded ravines and open areas with... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually undocumented. Fruits of Turpinia paniculata and a member of Clusiaceae. Visits to maize fields occur and damage may once... read more


Nothing known, although presumably nests in a tree-hole.


Nomadic, especially in N of range, with seasonal variations in numbers.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally uncommon and local, and range only recently extended to W Andes of Colombia (first recorded 2002). Overall status difficult to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-capped Parrot (Pionus seniloides). 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 8 December 2019).