Rose-faced Parrot (Pyrilia pulchra)

Rose-faced Parrot

Rose-faced Parrot

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Pyrilia pulchra | [authority] Berlepsch, 1897 | [UK] Rose-faced Parrot | [FR] Caique a joues roses | [DE] Rosenwangen-Papagei | [ES] Lorito Carirrosado | [NL] Rozewangpapegaai | [copyright picture] Steve Blain


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Pyrilia pulchra SA w Colombia to nw Ecuador


The genus Pyrilia is composed of seven known species allopatrically distributed in Central and South America: P. haematotis; P. coccinicollaris; P. pulchra; P. pyrilia; P. barrabandi; P. caica; and P.
vulturina. The last three species occur in the Amazon basin. Pionopsitta barrabandi is distributed along the western portion of the Amazon basin, extending from southern Venezuela to northeastern Mato Grosso (Brazil), and westwards as far as eastern Ecuador. Pionopsitta caica occurs from southeastern Venezuela to Guyana, and in the Brazilian states of Roraima and Amapa, on the left bank of the lower Amazon River. P. vulturina is distributed south of the Amazon River, from the Gurupi River to the Madeira River and southwards as far as Serra do Cachimbo. Pionopsitta is a genus in the Family Psittacidae. Recent DNA results show that Pileated Parrot is genetically far from the rest of the species currently included in Pionopsitta. The SACC has followed suit so that Pileated Parrot is the only remaining member of this genus while the rest are placed in genus Pyrilia.

Physical charateristics

The Rose-faced Parrot was formerly considered to be conspecific with the Brown-hooded Parrot (Pyrilia haematotis), from which the present species differs most clearly in the large pinky-red facial patch, outlined with darker feathers, and the lack of red feathering on the flanks and axillaries.

Listen to the sound of Rose-faced Parrot

[audio: Parrot.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Nick Athanas

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South America : West Colombia to Northwest Ecuador


It is an inhabitant of reasonably tall forest, plantations, and second growth, usually below 1200 m, although it ranges higher locally.


Breeds november-january, no further details

Feeding habits

No information on wild diet; does take some cultivated bananas.

Video Rose-faced Parrot


copyright: Scott Olmstead


This species has a very 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.
Although considered to be generally uncommon, the species is capable of adapting to some degree of habitat modification. Like all of the genus Pyrilia, this species was until recently placed in the genus Pionopsitta.
Rose-faced Parrot status Least Concern


Birds breeding above 1200m might be seasonal migrants, also some latitudinal movements supected.

Distribution map

Rose-faced Parrot distribution range map

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