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Blue-fronted Parrotlet  

Also Known As: Red-winged Parrotlet

Blue-fronted Parrotlets allopreening

Credit: © Nick Athanas

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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.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
17cm (6.6 in) 65g (2.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

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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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots

Internet Bird Collection


BirdLife International

ML Media Collection Catalogue 105190, Blue-fronted Parrotlet Touit dilectissima, Macaulay, Linda, Darien, Panama, Jan. 21 2000, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.