Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Yellow-tailed Parrot (Pionites xanthurus)


French: Maïpouri de Todd German: Blassampelpapagei Spanish: Lorito rubio central

Pionites xanthurus


, 1925,

Nova Olinda, Rio Purús, Brazil


Hitherto considered conspecific with P. xanthomerius and P. leucogaster, but separated as a species distinct from former by characters given under that species, and from latter by its yellow vs green tail (3), yellow vs green lower flanks and thighs (3), and unknown-width hybrid zone (at least 1). Monotypic.


Brazil S of Amazon from R Purús and R Juruá to R Madeira catchment in Amazonas.

Descriptive notes

23 cm. Like P. leucogaster, with which this species was formerly considered to be conspecific, a medium-sized, chunky, short-tailed parrot, with apricot-orange cap,... read more


No known differences between this species and P. leucogaster.


Humid tropical terra firme forest, and seasonally flooded várzea forest along... read more

Food and feeding

No information, though basic details are unlikely to differ significantly from P. leucogaster.


No data, though basic details of breeding biology are unlikely to differ significantly from P. leucogaster.


No information.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. No population estimate. Suspected to lose 17·8–22·2% of suitable habitat within its distribution over three generations (24 years) from 2002, based on a... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Yellow-tailed Parrot (Pionites xanthurus). 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).