Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri)


French: Toui à ailes jaunes German: Gelbflügelsittich Spanish: Catita chirirí

Psittacus chiriri


, 1818,



Closely related to, and often treated as conspecific with, B. versicolurus (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. c. behni Neumann, 1931 – C & S Bolivia (S from Cochabamba) to NW Argentina (Salta).
  • B. c. chiriri (Vieillot, 1818) – N & E Bolivia, Paraguay and N Argentina E to NE, C & SE Brazil (S to São Paulo).
  • Feral populations in SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul#R) and in mainland S USA.

    Descriptive notes

    20–25 cm. Grass green, yellowish on underparts and underside of tail; primaries tinged blue at bases; outer secondary-coverts yellow. Immatures similar. Race behni... read more


    Common calls are a shrill “chree” or bisyllabic “chree-chree”, given both in flight and perched.... read more


    Gallery forest in open country, subtropical forest, relatively open woodland, seasonally flooded... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information. Recorded eating fruits, flowers (including petals of Erythrina trees), and seeds of Chorisia. ... read more


    Nests recorded in arboreal termitaria (May and Jun) and in a the wall of a house (with chicks in Aug–Sept).


    Some seasonal movements, undefined, may occur in W Paraguay, and large flocks have been observed in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common to abundant in most of range, including Maranhão, Goiás, Mato Grosso, but rare to uncommon in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Bonan, A. & Boesman, P. (2019). Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (Brotogeris chiriri). 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 6 December 2019).