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Blue-fronted Parrotlet

 (Touit dilectissima)

Also known as: Red-winged Parrotlet

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Blue-fronted Parrotlets allopreening
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Did You Know?

The Blue-fronted Parrotlet is an arboreal termitaria nester. This means it nests in termite mounds in trees.

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Species Profile

Genus: Touit | Species: dilectissima

Size:

17cm (6.6 in)

Weight:

65g (2.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male- underparts green/yellow; red lores and line below eye; dull blue forecrown and band from lores across upper cheeks to ear coverts; red bend of wing, lesser, outer median and inner primary coverts; red forewing; yellow underwing coverts; black central tail feathers with green toward bases; green/yellow lateral tail feathers tipped with black. Bill olive/yellow with grey at base. Eye ring bare and grey/white. Eye brown/yellow. Female- red on lesser and outer median wing coverts minimal or absent.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female, but with green forecrown with scattered blue feathers; red and blue facial markings absent. Eye grey.

Call:

Calls in flight are soft and high-pitched notes repeated several times between pauses. Calls are louder when taking flight.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
Pet Education.com

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 105190, Blue-fronted Parrotlet Touit dilectissima, Macaulay, Linda, Darien, Panama, Jan. 21 2000, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 issue

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Blue-fronted Parrotlets allopreening
© Nick Athanas

Did You Know?

The Blue-fronted Parrotlet is an arboreal termitaria nester. This means it nests in termite mounds in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit dilectissima

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Not available

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

Not available

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-fronted Parrotlets allopreening
© Nick Athanas

Did You Know?

The Blue-fronted Parrotlet is an arboreal termitaria nester. This means it nests in termite mounds in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit dilectissima

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Presumed to be declining locally from deforestation (particularly in Colombia).

Range:

Cerro Jefe area, C Panama, to W Colombia, south on western slopes of Andes to El Oro, SW Ecuador, and N Colombia, at northern extremity of Cordillera Oriental, Norte de Santander-Cesar border, east to Trujillo, NW Venezuela.

Habitat:

Found from 500-2000m (1640-6560 ft) in humid and wet forest, including tall secondary growth forest and cloud forest, mainly in upland country.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on small seeds, fruits and blossoms.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious; birds roost communally in forest canopy. Some seasonal and altitudinal movements, presumably in response to food availability. Usually seen in pairs or small groups of up to 15 individuals. Easily overlooked while quietly feeding in canopy.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not available

Breeding Season:

June-January

Related Links:

Infonatura
Wikipedia
Cornell Neotropical Unit

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-fronted Parrotlets allopreening
© Nick Athanas

Did You Know?

The Blue-fronted Parrotlet is an arboreal termitaria nester. This means it nests in termite mounds in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit dilectissima

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