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Green-rumped Parrotlet

 (Forpus passerinus)

Also known as: Blue-winged Parrotlet, Common Parrotlet, Guiana Parrotlet (F.p. passerinus)

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Wild Green-rumped Parrotlet
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Did You Know?

Despite their small size, parrotlets should never be kept with other parrot types in the same cage. This is due to the aggressiveness of the male parrotlet.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus passerinus

Species Profile

Genus: Forpus | Species: passerinus

Size:

12cm (4.7 in)

Weight:

20-28g (0.7-1.0 oz)

Races including nominate:

five: F.p. passerinus, F.p. viridissimus, F.p. cyanophanes, F.p. cyanochlorus, F.p. deliciosus

Colourization Adult:

F.p. passerinus: Male-lower back to upper tail coverts green, grey wash on nape and hindneck; secondary coverts pale blue; outer secondary feathers and inner primary coverts purple/blue; underwing coverts purple/blue tipped with green. Bill pink/horn coloured. Eye brown. Female-green markings instead of blue.
F.p. viridissimus: Male-darker green body; secondary feathers and secondary coverts darker blue; underwing coverts and axillary feathers blue/green with purple/blue patch on lesser underwing coverts. Female-as in passerinus.
F.p. cyanophanes: Male-as in viridissimus, but more extensive purple/blue on primary and secondary coverts forming obvious patch on closed wing. Female-as in passerinus.
F.p. cyanochlorus: Male-as in passerinus, but darker purple/blue on lesser underwing coverts. Female-more yellow/green than passerinus.
F.p. deliciosus: Male-lower back and rump emerald green washed pale blue; primary and secondary coverts pale blue with violet/blue along shafts of feathers. Female-as in passerinus, but with yellow wash on forehead.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults.

Call:

Calls in flight said to be shrill cheet-it…cheet-it or chee-sup….chee-sup.  Also loud chattering notes while in flocks and more penetrating sounds.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 64385, Green-rumped Parrotlet Forpus passerinus, Schwartz, Paul, Aragua, Venezuela, Feb. 27 1973, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

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Wild Green-rumped Parrotlet
© Jam.mohd (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Despite their small size, parrotlets should never be kept with other parrot types in the same cage. This is due to the aggressiveness of the male parrotlet.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus passerinus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Becoming more common.

Longevity:

25 yrs

Housing:

Outdoor or indoor enclosure, minimum length 1.2m (4 ft).

Diet:

Pelleted diet, supplemented with calcium (via cuttlebone or drops); fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, kiwi, pomegranate, etc; vegetables such as: carrot, corn, celery, peas in the pod, green beans and green leaves; seed mix including: millet, safflower, buckwheat, oats and limited sunflower; millet spray; seed grasses where available.

Enrichment:

Bathing, socialization, swings, ropes, bird-safe chew toys (with pine or fir wood, or vegetable tanned leather), puzzle toys, foraging items.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box, 6" x 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm x 15cm).

Clutch Size:

5 or 6

Incubation Time:

20-22 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Wild Green-rumped Parrotlet
© Jam.mohd (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Despite their small size, parrotlets should never be kept with other parrot types in the same cage. This is due to the aggressiveness of the male parrotlet.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus passerinus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Evidence of population decrease due to forest clearance.

Range:

F.p. passerinus: Guianas, also introduced unsuccessfully to Martinique, West Indies.
F.p. viridissimus: Trinidad, N Venezuela and NE Colombia. Introduced to Curacao, Netherland Antilles; also Tobago and possibly to Jamaica and Barbados.
F.p. cyanophanes: N Colombia.
F.p. cyanochlorus: Upper Rio Branco, Roraima, N Brazil.
F.p. deliciosus: N Brazil.

Habitat:

Found up to 1800m (5904 ft) in open to semi-open habitats, including dry scrubland, deciduous woodland, gallery forest near water, farmland and other cultivation with scattered trees and urban parks or gardens.

Wild Diet:

Mostly small seeds (grasses), also flowers, buds, berries and fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious, forming flocks of up to 100 birds at one time in communal roosts or feeding areas outside of breeding season. About half of wild females attempt second brood in breeding season.

Clutch and Egg Size:

5 or 6 sperical to elliptical eggs, 17.5 x 14.4mm. (0.7 x 0.5 in).

Breeding Season:

July-November, Venezuela; February-August, Trinidad; May-October, Colombia.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds
Research: Contact calls are used for individual mate recognition in free-ranging Green-rumped Parrotlets

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Wild Green-rumped Parrotlet
© Jam.mohd (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Despite their small size, parrotlets should never be kept with other parrot types in the same cage. This is due to the aggressiveness of the male parrotlet.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus passerinus

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