Blue-fronted Parrotlet Touit dilectissimus

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The Blue-fronted Parrotlet occurs from eastern Panama to northern Colombia and western Venezuela, and south to southwestern Ecuador; it is the only species of Touit parrotlet that occurs in this region. The Blue-fronted Parrotlet is mostly green, with a typical blunt tipped tail and yellow underwing coverts; the outer coverts on the upper surface of the wing are red, more extensively so in the male. The plumage is similar to that of the Red-fronted Parrotlet (Touit costaricensis) of Costa Rica and western Panama, and in some earlier classificiations these were considered to be two subspecies of a single species. Blue-fronted Parrotlet differs most conspicuously from Red-fronted by having a blue, not red, forecrown, and by having less red on the sides of the face. As is the case with most other species of Touit, the Blue-fronted Parrotlet is inconspicuous and poorly known.

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Recommended Citation

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