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Pileated Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Luiz
Itatiaia National Park, Ipe Hotel, Brazil, August 2008

Alternative name: Red-capped Parrot

Pionopsitta pileata


Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Curitiba, Brazil, 2 May 2021

22 cm.

  • Red forhead, crown and lores to upper ear-coverts (to variable extent)
  • Green rest of plumage, becoming yellowish on abdomen
  • Dull blue primary-coverts, primaries, edges to outer wing-coverts and tail feathers

Female without red on head but with blue suffusion on breast and forehead.
Immature male with less red on head, immature female with less blue on wings.


Southeast Brazil (southeast Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul, east Paraguay and northeast Argentina (Misiones).
Population reduced by extensive habitat loss but still common in Alto Paraná region, Paraguay or Misiones, Argentina.


This is a monotypic species.


Found in humid foothill forest up to 1500 m.



Poorly known. Seen feeding on fruits and seeds.


Breeding recorded in November. The nest is placed in a tree hole. Lays 3 to 4 eggs.


Some movements between interior and coastal areas recorded, nomadic at Intervales State Park.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Collar, N., A. Bonan, and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Pileated Parrot (Pionopsitta pileata), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.recpar3.01

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