Blue-winged Parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius)

Order: Psittaciformes | Family: Psittacidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Female | Loc. Iquitos, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Female | Loc. Amazonian Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Female | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male & Unknown | Loc. Amazonian Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~12 cm (5 in). The male Blue-winged Parrotlet has a bright blue rump, underwing coverts, and wings. The female is all green. The bill is pale. It is similar to the Dusky-billed Parrotlet but is distinguished by having a pale bill and lacking the yellow forehead of the female Dusky-billed Parrotlet. Their vocalizations are different.

Status: The Blue-winged Parrotlet is uncommon in the northern half of the eastern Amazonian lowlands. It is known to range up to 1050 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs further south in disjunct populations. The Blue-winged Parrotlet also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Periquito de Ala Azúl.

Sub-species: Blue-winged Parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius crassirostris), Taczanowski, 1883. Extreme SE Colombia, E Ecuador and NE Peru to W Brazil (E to R Madeira).
(F. x. flavescens), Salvadori, 1891. SE Peru and EC Bolivia.

Meaning of Name: Forpus: Gr.  Not explained by probably phoreö= to possess and pous= foot or special type of foot. xanthopterygius: Gr. xanthos= yellow and pterux, pteros= wing, winged.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.