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Dusky-billed Parrotlet  

Also Known As: Sclater's Parrotlet
 
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Dusky-billed Parrotlet group

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

Species Profile
Genus:
Forpus

Species:
sclateri

Size: Adult Weight:
12.5cm (4.8 in) Probably 30-35g (1-1.2 oz)

Races including nominate:
two: F.s. sclateri, F.s. eidos

Colourization Adult: F.s. sclateri: 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.s. 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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Content Sources:

Central Pets

Lexicon of Parrots

Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1618&m=0

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