Credit: © Reta Bray
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The Mexican Parrotlet wanders frequently in search of food, perhaps more than most parrotlets. This presents fluctuating numbers in any given area, making a quantitative assessment of this species difficult.
Races including nominate:
|13cm (5 in)
||30g (1 oz)
three: F.c. cyanopygius, F.c. pallidus, F.c. insularis
Colourization Adult: F.c. cyanopygius:
male- in general green in colour; turquoise/blue lower back, rump, and underwing coverts; blue secondary feathers, margined paler blue on outer webs of feathers; secondary coverts blue. Bill pale horn in colour. Eye brown. Female- yellow/green markings where is blue in male.
both adults in general paler than cyanopygius.
male- darker green upperparts; blue/green underparts; darker blue on rump and lower back. Female- as in cyanopygius,
but upperparts darker green.
Colourization Juvenile: F.c. cyanopygius:
as in adults but young male has blue markings intermixed with green.
Calls made in flight or when perched a rolling series of squeaky notes; may be heard at some distance. While feeding occasional squawks. Listen now
Recent Academic Research: Google Scholar - search results
Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E271.htm&Pic=271_1.JPG
BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1614&m=0
ML Media Collection Catalogue 8508, Mexican Parrotlet Forpus cyanopygius, Kincaid, Edgar, Jalisco, Mexico, Jun. 16 1957, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.