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Pacific Parrotlet

 (Forpus coelestis)

Also known as: Celestial Parrotlet, Lesson's Parrotlet

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Male Pacific Parrotlet
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Species Profile

Genus: Forpus | Species: coelestis

Size:

12.5cm (4.8 in)

Weight:

33g (1.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-yellow/green forehead, crown, cheeks, and throat; blue line behind eye; blue/grey occiput and nape; green/grey mantle, upper back and lesser wing coverts to scapulars and inside secondary feathers; dark cobalt blue lower back, rump, lesser underwing coverts and axillary feathers; dark blue primary and secondary coverts, outer secondary feathers and bases of inner primary feathers; underparts green washed with grey on flanks and sides of breast. Bill horn in colour. Eye brown.  Female-green on wings where blue is in male; blue tinge behind eye and on rump; blue/grey occiput and nape; face less yellow; grey wash on underparts absent.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adult female but upperparts green; blue/grey on occiput and nape minimal or absent; juvenile male blue mixed with green on rump.

Call:

Calls are high-pitched and rapid. In flock situation this produces a constant chattering.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
National Geographic Photo Ark
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International
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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Species Care

Captive Status:

Quite common

Longevity:

Up to 25 yrs.

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 2.1m (7 ft), or indoor aviary minimum length 1.8m (6 ft).

Diet:

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

Enrichment:

Swings and ropes; puzzle and foraging toys; bird-safe wooden chew toys and branches (fir, pine, heat-sterilized pine cones). Also like to bathe.

Nest Box Size:

Budgerigar nest box 6" x 6" x 6" (15.2cm x 15.2cm x 15.2cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

18 days

Fledging Age:

4-5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present.

Range:

Found on the Pacific slopes of Andes from Borbón, Esmeraldas, NW Ecuador, south to Trujillo, La Libertad, and the upper Río Marañón valley, NW Peru; possibly southern Nariño, SW Colombia and Bagua area, Ríos Marañón, and Utcumbamba valleys, NW Peru.

Habitat:

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 in coastal mangroves.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on grass seeds, berries, fruits and cactus fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

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)

Breeding Season:

January-May

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

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