Pacific Parrotlet perched
Credit: © Glenn Bartley
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The parrotlets are the smallest parrots in the world, by weight and by size.
Status in the Wild
Found on the Pacific slopes of Andes from Borbon, Esmeraldas, NW Ecuador, south to Trujillo, La Libertad, and the upper Rio Maranon valley, NW Peru; possibly southern Narino, SW Colombia and Bagua area, Rios Maranon, and Utcumbamba valleys, NW Peru.
Seen up to 800m (2624 ft) in dry wooded areas such as thorny scrub, deciduous forest, dense cactus scrub with balsa trees, banana and mango plantations, riparian vegetation, irrigated fields and gardens; also reported seen in coastal mangroves.
No threats at present.
Feeds on grass seeds, berries, fruits and cactus fruits.
Nests in tree cavities, cactus, fence-post holes or vacated nests of other species of birds. Will sometimes raise second clutch of young. Forages for food in vegetation and on the ground.
Clutch and Egg Size:
4-6 ovate eggs, 19.5 x 16.0mm (0.7 x 0.6 in)
More Info Sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Parrotlet