Green-rumped Parrotlet Forpus passerinus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
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  • © Scott Olmstead

The Green-rumped Parrotlet is found in northern Colombia, the Netherlands Antilles and from northern Venezuela east to Brazil. Green overall, these small parrots have a gray tinged hindneck and blue on the primary coverts, underwing-coverts and greater coverts. Green-rumped Parrotlets prefer semi-open lowland areas such as gallery forest edge, second growth, thornbush and cactus scrub, and mangroves. The diet of these parrots consists mainly of grass seeds, as well as berries, fruit, leafbuds and blossoms. Green-rumped Parrotlets nest in hollows in stumps, tree trunks, and arboreal termitariums. Although these birds are heavily traded in Venezuela, their population remains stable and may possibly even be increasing in response to the continued clearance of forest throughout its range.

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© Morton Isler

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Green-rumped Parrotlet (Forpus passerinus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: