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Golden-winged Parakeet  

Also Known As: Golden-fronted or Tuipara Parakeet (B.c. tuipara), Rio Negro Parakeet (B.c. tenuifrons)

Golden-winged Parakeet perching

Credit: (c) Luiz Claudio Marigo |

Did You Know?
The Golden-winged Parakeet has been observed feeding on algae and thiarid snails from freshwater when water levels are low in the dry season.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
16cm (6.2 in) 64-80g (2.2-2.8 oz)

Races including nominate:
five: B.c. chrysopterus, B.c. tuipara, B.c. chrysosema, B.c. solimoensis, B.c. tenuifrons

Colourization Adult:
B.c. chrysopterus: both adults in general yellow/green; frontal band black/brown; chin orange/brown; orange primary coverts. Bill horn coloured. Eye ring bare and white. Eye dark brown. B.c. tuipara: both adults orange thin frontal band and chin spot; side tail feathers edged with yellow. B.c. chrysosema: both adults yellow/orange forehead and lores; chin spot orange; yellow primary coverts; larger in size. B.c. solimoensis: both adults as in chrysopterus, but frontal band paler and red/brown; chin spot yellow/brown. B.c. tenuifrons: both adults as in tuipara, but with orange frontal band minimal or absent.

Colourization Juvenile:
B.c. chrysopterus: as in adults but duller; green primary coverts. Upper mandible brown.

Call: Flight calls harsh and scratchy notes repeated quickly up to six times. Also high pitched notes and softer, babbling sounds.

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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots

Internet Bird Collection

Article "Brotogeris as Pets," by Robbie Harris


BirdLife International

ML Media Collection Catalogue 126886, Golden-winged Parakeet Brotogerius chrysoptera, Marantz, Curtis, Mato Grosso, Brazil, Aug. 26 2005, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.