Blue-winged Parrotlet Forpus xanthopterygius

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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The Blue-winged Parrotlet is a small parrot found in riparian and gallery forest from Colombia to southern Brazil and northern Argentina.  Blue-winged Parrotlets are green overall, with slightly more yellow-green tones on the underparts. Males also have blue on the bend of the wing, underwing-coverts, lower back and rump.  Females lack any blue, and instead are completely green.  Blue-winged Parrotlets feed on a variety of fruits and seeds, sometimes coming to the ground to forage.  Blue-winged Parrotlets in Argentina move seasonally as different plant communities flower, while populations in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil are altitudinal migrants.

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

Recommended Citation

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