Spectacled Parrotlet Forpus conspicillatus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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The Spectacled Parrotlet is a diminutive parrot of eastern Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. The male Spectacled Parrotlet has a yellowish-green forehead, extending to the cheeks and throat, with a bluish-gray area on the breast and an area of cobalt blue around the eyes, giving this species its common name. The females are a duller green overall. A highly social species, the Spectacled Parrotlet can be found in dry or moist tropical forests and heavily degraded former forests, in groups of 100 individuals or more, searching for small fruits. The Spectacled Parrotlet has not yet been placed on any threatened species lists despite often being caught illegally and sold in the caged-bird trade; however, more studies into the Spectacled Parrotlet's population biology need to be done to determine whether or not this species warrants further protection.

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

Recommended Citation

Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus), 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/spepar1