Red-fronted Parrotlet Touit costaricensis


The Red-fronted Parrotlet is endemic to Costa Rica and western Panama, and like all of its congeners is not a very well-known bird. The basically green plumage is relieved by a red forecrown and loral region, with more red scattered over the wing bend, and a yellowish throat. The female has more restricted red on the head and wings. Recorded to at least 3000 m, this parrotlet makes extensive altitudinal movements, reaching high into the mountains in the dry season, which is when it probably breeds, but occurring almost down to sea level during the wet. It feeds on a variety of fruits, and is usually recorded in small (perhaps family) parties. The sole member of the genus Touit to be found in Central America, it is apparently uncommon to rare throughout its restricted range.

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Recommended Citation

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