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Spectacled Parrotlet

 (Forpus conspicillatus)
 
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Spectacled Parrotlet perching
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The Spectacled Parrotlet probably benefits from land clearance and logging, unlike most parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus conspicillatus

Species Profile

Genus: Forpus | Species: conspicillatus

Size:

12cm (4.7 in)

Weight:

30g (1 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: F.c. conspicillatus, F.c. metae, F.c. caucae

Colourization Adult:

F.c. conspicillatus: Male-grey wash on breast; area around eye blue; purple/blue lower back, rump, bend of wing, carpal edge; purple/blue primary and secondary coverts, secondary feathers, underwing coverts and axillary feathers; green primary feathers, washed with purple/blue on innermost primary feathers. Bill horn coloured tinged with pink/brown. Eye dark brown/grey. Female-green replacing all blue markings; bright emerald green surrounding eye.
F.c. metae: Male-blue marking behind eye. Female-as in conspicillatus.
F.c. caucae: Male-paler blue on lower back, rump and upper and underwing coverts. Heavier, larger bill. Female-as in conspicillatus, but with heavier bill.

Colourization Juvenile:

F.c. conspicillatus: As in adult female, but young males have green mixed in with purple/blue on rump, lower back and wing coverts.

Call:

Calls made in flight are buzzing and twittering notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
Article "Breeding Spectacled Parrotlets" by Sandee Molenda

Research: Socialization in Spectacled Parrotlets: how juveniles compensate for the lack of siblings

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Spectacled Parrotlet perching
© Robert Scanlon | www.pbase.com/rsscanlon

Did You Know?

The Spectacled Parrotlet probably benefits from land clearance and logging, unlike most parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus conspicillatus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common in some European countries, rare elsewhere.

Longevity:

25yrs

Housing:

Indoor or outdoor cage or aviary, minimum length 1.2m (4 ft).

Diet:

Seeds mix such as: canary, millet, and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese, and carrot all ground to crumbly consistency; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Provide swings, ropes, ladders, bird-safe wooden chew toys, vegetable tanned leather toys, foraging/puzzle toys, unsprayed fir, pine, willow and elder branches and heat sterilized pine cones.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 6" x 6" x 6" (15.2cm x 15.2cm x 15.2cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

18 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Click photo to visit gallery

Spectacled Parrotlet perching
© Robert Scanlon | www.pbase.com/rsscanlon

Did You Know?

The Spectacled Parrotlet probably benefits from land clearance and logging, unlike most parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus conspicillatus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

May have been effected by the wild bird trade in Venezuela.

Range:

F.c. conspicillatus: E Panama, west to upper Rio Bayano, and N Colombia from upper Rio Sinu valley and lower Rio Cauca valley east to western slopes of Cordillera Oriental in Boyaca and Cundinamarca.
F.c. metae: Eastern slopes of Cordillera Oriental in Boyaca, Cundinamarca, and Meta, C Colombia, and east through Vichada and Casanare to W Venezuela, along Rio Meta in western Apure.
F.c. caucae: W Colombia, in upper Rio Cauca valley in Antioquia and Caldas, Rio Dagua valley and western slopes of Cordillera Occidental in Valle, Rio Patia valley in Cauca and Narino, and coastal SW Narino.

Habitat:

Found up to 1600m (5248 ft) in lightly wooded habitats such as lowland evergreen forest edge, thorn scrub, llanos, gallery woodland and cultivated areas with scattered trees, venturing into denser forest where there are clearings with scattered trees.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on grass and weed seeds, fruit, berries, blossoms and buds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Social outside of breeding season. Forms communal roosts for the night. Feeds on the ground and in vegetation.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 spherical to elliptical eggs, 18.0 x 16.0mm (0.7 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:

January-March

Related Links:

Article "Parrots call their baby chicks by name" Nature's Corner
Wikipedia
Vocal labelling of family members in Spectacled Parrotlets
Research: Discrimination of different social companions in Spectacled Parrotlets: evidence for individual vocal recognition
Cornell Neotropical Unit

 

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Spectacled Parrotlet perching
© Robert Scanlon | www.pbase.com/rsscanlon

Did You Know?

The Spectacled Parrotlet probably benefits from land clearance and logging, unlike most parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus conspicillatus

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