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Photo by Francisco Paludo
Sítio Pau Preto, Potengi, Ceará, Brazil, July, 2017

Alternative name: Caatinga Parakeet

Eupsittula cactorum


25 cm (9¾ in)

  • Green upperparts, nape and ear coverts
  • Pale brown head, throat and breast
  • Blue flight feathers
  • Dull orange belly
  • White eyering
  • Brown iris
  • Grey bill


South America: endemic to Brazil.


Photo by arthurgrosset
Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002

Formerly placed in genus Aratinga.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • E. c. caixana:
  • Caatinga of north-eastern Brazil (Pará to north-western Bahia)
  • E. c. cactorum:
  • Inland caatinga of north-eastern Brazil (Bahia and adjacent Minas Gerais)


Dry, thorny caatinga with shrubs and succulents; also woodland.



The diet consists of a variety of fruit including fig and cactus. But there is little detailed information.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)

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