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Dusky-billed Parrotlet Forpus modestus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Dusky-billed Parrotlets are residents of eastern Colombia and southeast Venezuela as well as the Amazon Basin from Ecuador and Peru east to Brazil. These small parrots are dark green overall with blue on the back, rump and the wings. Females have green instead of blue on the back and wings, and are paler with more yellowish underparts. Seasonally flooded forest appears to be the most important habitat for Dusky-billed Parrotlets, but they also can be found in clearings, edge and second growth of tropical lowland rainforest. Unlike other species of parrotlet, Dusky-billed Parrotlets are not heavily captured for the pet trade and populations remain stable across most of their range.

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

Recommended Citation

Dusky-billed Parrotlet (Forpus modestus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/dubpar1