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Dusky-billed Parrotlet

 (Forpus modestus)

Also known as: Sclater's Parrotlet

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Dusky-billed Parrotlet
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Did You Know?

The Dusky-billed Parrotlet takes mineral soil from clay river banks alongside other parrots. This is called geophagy.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus modestus

Species Profile

Genus: Forpus | Species: modestus

Size:

12.5cm (4.8 in)

Weight:

Probably 30-35g (1-1.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: F.m. modestus, F.m. eidos

Colourization Adult:

F.m. modestus: Male-dark green in colour; emerald green forehead and cheeks; purple/blue lower back and rump; purple/blue primary and secondary coverts, secondary feathers, and underwing coverts; outer webs of inner primary feathers purple/blue at bases. Upper mandible dark grey with horn coloured base, lower mandible horn in colour. Eye brown. Female-as in male but blue markings replaced by green; green/yellow forehead, forecrown and cheeks.
F.m. eidos: Male-paler green in colour; purple/blue on lower back and rump paler. Female-paler green in colour, particularly on breast.

Colourization Juvenile:

In general duller than adults; in young male blue markings are mixed with green.

Call:

Calls are described as distinctive; high-pitched notes or soft, wheezing sounds in flight or while perched.

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More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
Birdsnways

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 75060, Dusky-billed Parrotlet Forpus sclateri, Marantz, Curtis, Madre de Dios, Peru, Jul. 28 1994, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Dusky-billed Parrotlet
© By Hector Bottai (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Dusky-billed Parrotlet takes mineral soil from clay river banks alongside other parrots. This is called geophagy.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus modestus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Virtually unknown in captivity; better known in Europe, less so in US.

Longevity:

25yrs

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure minimum length 2.1m (7 ft) or indoor aviary length 1.8m (6 ft).

Diet:

As in other parrotlets - small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from: hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese, and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Provide overhead misters or shallow bowls for bathing. Are moderate chewers, so provide bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, fir, pine or willow branches, heat sterilized pine cones, wooden block toys, vegetable tanned leather toys, puzzle toys, foraging toys, swings and ladders.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 6" x 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm x 15cm).

Clutch Size:

Probably 3-6

Incubation Time:

22 days

Fledging Age:

5-6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Dusky-billed Parrotlet
© By Hector Bottai (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Dusky-billed Parrotlet takes mineral soil from clay river banks alongside other parrots. This is called geophagy.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus modestus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

There is evidence for this species' decline in E Amazonia and possibly an increase in Colombia.

Range:

F.m. modestus: From Belem, Para, N Brazil, west to SE Colombia, south to E Peru, W Brazil and N Bolivia.
F.m. eidos: French Guiana, W Guyana, E and S Venezuela and N Brazil to E Colombia.

Habitat:

Found up to 1000m (3280 ft) in lowland tropical rainforest in clearings, forest edge, riparian growth, varzea, secondary habitats and savanna.

Wild Diet:

Diet consists of seeds, berries, buds and blossoms.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in flocks of 100 or more individuals outside breeding season. Nests in tree cavity. Conspicuous while moving amongst foliage of canopy.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Unknown number of spherical to elliptical eggs, 18.0 x 15.0mm (0.7 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:

July

Related Links:

Infonatura
Cornell Neotropical Unit

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Dusky-billed Parrotlet
© By Hector Bottai (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Dusky-billed Parrotlet takes mineral soil from clay river banks alongside other parrots. This is called geophagy.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus modestus

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