Dusky Parrot Pionus fuscus

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The Dusky Parrot is a mid-sized parrot with principally dark very dark upperparts, becoming dark blue over the wings and tail, with red undertail coverts, and slightly paler brown underparts. Despite its overall dark appearance, it is a striking and immediately recognizable bird, especially if seen well. The Dusky Parrot is restricted to northeast South America, being found in eastern Venezuela, the Guianas, and parts of northern Brazil, where it is largely an inhabitant of terra firme forest, although it also penetrates seasonally flooded areas to some extent. There is also a tiny population in the Perijá Mountains on the Venezuela / Colombia border, which is confined to hill forest. Most facets of this parrot’s biology remain to be elucidated.

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

Recommended Citation

Dusky Parrot (Pionus fuscus), 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/duspar1