Golden-winged Parakeet (Brotogeris chrysopterus)

Golden-winged Parakeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Brotogeris chrysopterus | [authority] Linnaeus, 1766 | [UK] Golden-winged Parakeet | [FR] Toui para | [DE] Braunkinn-Sittich | [ES] Catita Alidorada | [NL] Oranjevleugelparkiet


Monotypic species


Brotogeris is a genus of small parrots endemic to Central and South America. The genus Brotogeris contains eight species, all of which are reported to use cavities in trees and termitaria. Brotogeris parakeets also use previously existing tree cavities and excavate cavities in the bases of palm fronds and rotting dead trees. In Brotogeris the oil-gland is wholly absent. The genus Brotogeris includes small and highly abundant neotropical parakeets, widespread over a wide range of habitats from dry savannas to rainforests. Such parakeets usually feed on soft and sweet fruit pulp, but also forage for diverse items such as nectar and seeds. In consuming these various resources they pollinate some tree species but, conversely, in drinking the nectar they destroy much of the flower crops.

Physical charateristics

General plumage green; very narrow blackish-brown band to forehead; crown with distinct blue tinge; patch to chin dull orange-brown; primary-coverts orange; primaries violet-blue with green edging to outer webs and green tips; underside of flight-feathers bluish-green; upperside to tail green tinged with blue, underside dusky green; periophthalmic ring whitish; iris dark brown; feet dark flesh-colour; longish bill horn-coloured.

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South America : North, Central Amazonia


Found in tropical lowland evergreen forest, tropical lowland evergreen forest, second-growth forests and woodlands


Nest is built in tree hole or termite hill. Clutch size is 3-4 eggs, no further data.

Feeding habits

Mostly flower nectar, but also seeds, fruit, berries and insects taken from water surface.

Video Golden-winged Parakeet


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
The geographic range of B. chrysopterus is restricted primarily to eastern Brazil.
Golden-winged Parakeet status Least Concern


Resident throughout range.

Distribution map

Golden-winged Parakeet distribution range map

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