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Red-fronted Parrotlet

 (Touit costaricensis)

Also known as: Red-winged Parrotlet, Costa Rican Parrotlet

Did You Know?

The Touit genus of parrotlets nests in arboreal termitaria, or termite nests in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit costaricensis

Species Profile

Genus: Touit | Species: costaricensis

Size:

17cm (6.6 in)

Weight:

65g (2.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-mainly green in colour; red forehead, crown, lores and band below eye; blue line below red line under eye; green/yellow chin and throat; red bend of wing, lesser, outer median and inner primary coverts; red forewing; yellow underwing coverts; black central tail feathers with green towards bases; lateral tail feathers green/yellow tipped with black. Bill olive/yellow with grey at base. Eye ring bare and grey. Eye brown/yellow. Female-red on lesser and outer median wing coverts minimal or absent; black inner primary coverts.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female but with red forecrown mixed with green.

Call:

Calls are like those of the Blue-fronted Parrotlet T. dillectissima: in flight a soft, high-pitched series of notes repeated several times between pauses. When taking flight calls more loudly.

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Did You Know?

The Touit genus of parrotlets nests in arboreal termitaria, or termite nests in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit costaricensis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not seen in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Not available

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

2-3

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Did You Know?

The Touit genus of parrotlets nests in arboreal termitaria, or termite nests in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit costaricensis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

3500 - 15,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species is threatened by deforestation through burning, logging and conversion for cultivation.

Range:

Costa Rica, south from Caribbean slope of Cordillera Central at Puerto Limon and Volcan Turrialba and W Panama, in Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, and W Cocle.

Habitat:

Found from 500-1000m (1640-3280 ft), seasonally up to 3000m (9840 ft) in cool, wet forest, forest edge and occasionally over clearings.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruits, epiphytes, blossoms and seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen generally in pairs or small family flocks. Keeps to middle and upper storeys of canopy. Roosts communally in larger groups, then flies to feeding areas at dawn. Wary and difficult to approach.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2-3 eggs

Breeding Season:

Probably during dry season.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Neotropical Unit

Did You Know?

The Touit genus of parrotlets nests in arboreal termitaria, or termite nests in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit costaricensis

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