Print This | Tell-a-Friend

Blue-winged Parrotlet  


Wild Blue-winged parrotlet perched on branch

Credit: © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi |

Did You Know?
The Blue-winged Parrotlet nests in tree cavities but will also try arboreal termitaria (termite mounds in trees).

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
12cm (4.7 in) 28g (1.0 oz)

Races including nominate:
six: F.x. xanthopterygius, F.x. flavissimus, F.x. crassirostris, F.x. olallae, F.x. flavescens, F.x. spengeli

Colourization Adult:
F.x. xanthopterygius: male-in general olive/green to green in colour; eyes surrounded by bright green; purple/blue primary and secondary coverts; purple/blue bases to outer webs of secondary feathers; purple/blue underwing coverts, lower back and rump. Bill horn in colour with grey at base of upper mandible. Eye dark brown. Female-green instead of blue markings; green/yellow forehead and face. F.x. flavissimus: male-paler, more yellow/green; yellow/green forehead, cheeks and throat. Female-paler and more yellow/green. F.x. crassirostris: male-paler blue markings; pale gray/purple primary coverts; dark purple/blue secondary coverts; smaller in size. Female-green less yellow overall. F.x. olallae: male-as in crassirostris, but darker purple/blue wings, rump and lower back; paler underwing coverts. Female-as in crassirostris. F.x. flavescens: male-as in xanthopterygius, but yellow/green paler; green/yellow forehead, cheeks, and underparts; paler blue on lower back and rump. Female-as in xanthopterygius, but yellow/green paler. F.x. spengeli: male-blue of lower back and rump more turquoise; turquoise/blue with purple underwing coverts and axillaries. Female-as in xanthopterygius but forehead more yellow.

Colourization Juvenile:
F.x. xanthopterygius: as in adults but immature male has blue markings intermixed with green.

Call: Calls in flight or when perched are sad sounding albeit penetrating. While feeding twittering and chattering.

Listen now

Recent Academic Research: Google Scholar - search results


Content Sources:

Petco Caresheets

Lexicon of Parrots

BirdLife International


Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 34257, Blue-winged Parrotlet Forpus xanthopterygius, Parker, Theodore A., III, Loreto, Peru, Jan. 20 1985, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.