Pacific Parrotlet Forpus coelestis

  • © Peter de Haas

These little parrots are residents of the Pacific coast of Ecuador and northwestern Peru. Predominantly glaucous-green, Pacific Parrotlets have a bluish postocular stripe which merges with a blue-gray hindecrown, nape and neck and also have dark blue on the lower back, rump and on the large patches of its wings. The habitat preferred by the Pacific Parrotlet is arid lowland scrub and semi-open tropicl deciduous woodland. These birds feed on berries, cactus and Tamarindus fruits. Pacific Parrotlets are not picky in their choice of nest locations and will nest anywhere from holes in trees and fence posts to the abandoned nests of Pale-legged Hornero (Furnarius leucopus) and Necklaced Spinetails (Synallaxis stictothorax). The Pacific Parrotlet is abundant across its range and is tolerant of moderate levels of human disturbance.

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© Mark Robbins

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

Recommended Citation

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