Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Yellow-eared Parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis)


French: Conure à joues d’or German: Gelbohrsittich Spanish: Aratinga orejigualda
Other common names: Yellow-eared Conure

Conurus icterotis

Massena and Souancé

, 1854,

Ocaña, Colombia




Formerly in all three Andean ranges of Colombia (from Norte de Santander and Antioquia) S to NW Ecuador (Cotopaxi); now survives only in scattered localities of C Colombia (from S Antioquia S to Tolima and W Meta)#R#R#R, and is probably extinct in Ecuador#R#R.

Descriptive notes

42 cm; 285 g. Bill black, forehead and face yellow, extending back to ear-coverts; bare orbital ring grey; mid-crown and area above postocular line to nape green, extending... read more


Most common call, both in flight and perched, a raucous but somewhat nasal and plaintive “raanh”.... read more


Humid forest and partially cleared terrain, especially where wax palms (Ceroxylon) occur... read more

Food and feeding

Wax palm nuts probably of various species, with C. quindiuense and C. alpinum recorded, also fruit of Saurauia... read more


Mar–May in Colombia; Jul–Oct in Ecuador. Breeds colonially in mature stands of wax palms. Nest in hole high (> 25 m) in ... read more


Flocks probably wander nomadically or seasonally in search of food, and if this so then the loss of... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. Formerly occurred in all three Andean ranges of Colombia, from Norte de Santander and Antioquia to Nariño, and in NW Ecuador. Having once been... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Yellow-eared Parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis). 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 12 November 2019).