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Yellow-faced Parrotlet  


Yellow-faced Parrotlet on cactus

Credit: © Nik Athanas

Did You Know?
Parrotlets were kept in France as long ago as 1682.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
14.5cm (5.6 in) 35g (1.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

Colourization Adult: Male-bright yellow forehead, crown, cheeks and throat; occiput and nape purple/grey, extending in a stripe to eye; olive/grey mantle, upper back and lesser wing coverts to scapulars and inner secondary feathers; deep blue lower back, rump, upper tail coverts and underwing coverts; purple/blue secondary coverts; inner primary feathers suffused with blue at bases; green/yellow underparts. Bill horn in colour with grey at base of upper mandible. Eye brown. Female-as in male but lower back and rump paler blue in colour; primary and secondary coverts, secondary feathers and bases to primary feathers all green tinged with blue.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adults but dull overall, less yellow on face. Grey absent on bill.

Call: Quiet tweets and chirps

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Content Sources:

Central Pets

Lexicon of Parrots


BirdLife International


Internet Bird Collection

ML Media Collection Catalogue 11041, Yellow-faced Parrotlet Forpus xanthops, Parker, Theodore A., III, Amazonas, Peru, Aug. 8 1975, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.