Patagonian conure, a burrowing parrot, perched on a branch

Burrowing parrot

Burrowing parrots need cliffs of soft sandstone or limestone to dig their nest holes. Their numbers have declined in many areas owing to their habit of raiding crops.

Scientific name: Cyanoliseus patagonus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Burrowing parrot taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Burrowing parrot can be found in a number of locations including: South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Burrowing parrot distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Parrots
  6. True parrots
  7. Cyanoliseus
  8. Burrowing parrot

BBC News about Burrowing parrot

  • Protecting Argentina's parrot colony You might think that 180,000 squawking, screeching parrots living in 35,000 nests along 12km (seven miles) of coastline would draw quite a lot of attention.