Blaze-winged Parakeet Pyrrhura devillei


Justification of Red List Category
This species is suspected to be declining moderately rapidly because its habitat is increasingly fragmented and suffering losses and degradation owing to conversion for agriculture and charcoal production. It is now believed to approach the threshold for classification as Vulnerable and has therefore been uplisted to Near Threatened; further information on its range, population size and trends may lead to a further change of status.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon'.

Trend justification
This species is suspected to have experienced a moderately rapid decline owing to extensive habitat loss and degradation within its range. It now survives in a severely fragmented landscape.

Distribution and population

Pyrrhura devillei occurs in southern Brazil (Mato Grosso do Sul), northern Paraguay (north-western Concepción and south-eastern Alto Paraguay) and south-east Bolivia. In Brazil it is only known from Mato Grosso do Sul where it is restricted to the serras of Bodoquena and Maracajú, in the ecotone between the planalto and the Pantanal lowlands, and along the Taboco river in the municipality of Aquidauana. It has a very restricted range in Paraguay, from where recent records are limited to the gallery forest along the río Apa.


It is found in deciduous and gallery woodland, ranging into adjacent scrub and savanna, and feeds on fruit, seed, nuts, nectar and flowers (del Hoyo et al. 1997).


Its range in Brazil has suffered extensive forest loss and degradation through agricultural expansion and charcoal production. The forests of northern Concepción and those in the easternmost Paraguayan Chaco are coming under increasing pressure and have seen considerable deforestation in the past 10 years (R. Clay in litt. 2009). Apparent hybridisation with P. frontalis has been observed on the río Apa (R. Clay in litt. 2009). Trade is apparently minimal (del Hoyo et al. 1997).

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Clarify extent of hybridisation with P. frontalis and its taxonomic position. Carry out surveys across the historic range and monitor populations to obtain accurate estimates of range and population size and rates of decline.


26 cm. Small green parakeet with reddish belly, brown-ear coverts, greyish neck and breast, bright red bend of wing and lesser underwing-coverts and yellow greater underwing-coverts. Similar spp Distinguished from P. frontalis by brownish crown, darker underparts, and particularly red and yellow underwing-coverts.


Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.

Straube, F., Nunes, A.P., Clay, R.P.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Pyrrhura devillei. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/01/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/01/2022.