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Photo by Oregonian
Jardin, Antioquia, Colombia, November 2007
Ognorhynchus icterotis


42 cm (16½ in)

  • Bright green upperparts
  • Dark grey eye-ring
  • Yellow face and ear-coverts
  • Green throat
  • Yellow underparts
  • Black bill


South America: Colombia. Was in the past also present in Ecuador, and unconfirmed reports claim it can still be seen there.


This is a monotypic species1.


Cloud forests, elfin forest and other montane humid forest including disturbed areas, but closely associated to the wax palm Ceroxylon quindiuense an endangered species.


Endangered. Logging, harvest of palm leaves, and planting of exotic trees all are threats to the future of this species which however have been improving its status the last 10 years.



They nest in the trunks of the wax palm the clutch consists of 4 eggs. The adults are assisted by a brood helper who helps with feeding and caring for the young.


The diet consists mostly of the fruits of the wax palm.


One population seems resident while others wander around driven by search for suitable food


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdlife International
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  4. The Website of Everything

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