Parrots (Psittacidae)

Black-crowned Parrot (Pionites melanocephala) - HBW 4, p. 457

French: Caïque maïpourri German: Grünzügelpapagei Spanish: Lorito Chirlecrés
Other common names: Black-headed Parrot/Caique

Taxonomy: Psittacus melanocephalus Linnaeus, 1758, Mexico; error = Caracas, Venezuela.
Forms a parapatric species pair with P. leucogaster. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • melanocephala (Linnaeus, 1758) - SE Colombia to NE Venezuela, the Guianas and Brazil N of Amazon.
  • pallida (Berlepsch, 1889) - S Colombia W & E of Andes S to E Ecuador and NE Peru.