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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet

 (Forpus spengeli)
 
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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet
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Did You Know?

The Turquoise-winged Parrotlet was once conspecific (belonging to the same species) with the Blue-winged Parrotlet.


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Related publications: Forpus spengeli

Species Profile

Genus: Forpus | Species: spengeli

Size:

12cm (4.7 in)

Weight:

28g (1.0 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-blue of lower back and rump more turquoise; turquoise/blue with purple underwing coverts and axillaries. Female-green instead of blue markings; green/yellow face but forehead more yellow.

Colour Juvenile:

Not recorded.

Call:

Calls in flight or when perched are sad sounding albeit penetrating. While feeding twittering and chattering.

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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet
© Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Did You Know?

The Turquoise-winged Parrotlet was once conspecific (belonging to the same species) with the Blue-winged Parrotlet.


Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus spengeli

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

Probably 10+ years.

Housing:

2 x 1 x 2m (6.5 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) enclosure, or suspended indoor cage 120cm x 40cm x 50cm (46.8" x 15.6" x 19.5"), with roosting box.

Diet:

Seed mix such as: millet, canary grass seed, weed seed, wheat and oats; millet spray, sprouted or unsprouted; fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans, peas in the pod; berries such as: rose hips, mountain ash (rowan); green leaves such as: Swiss chard, dandelion, chickweed, lettuce; insectivorous food; complete kibble if taken.

Enrichment:

Provide tree stumps, branches (are avid chewers); areas for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log 15cm (6") in diameter, 30cm (11.7") high or 6" x 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm x 15cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

3-7

Incubation Time:

21 days

Fledging Age:

35 days

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet
© Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Did You Know?

The Turquoise-winged Parrotlet was once conspecific (belonging to the same species) with the Blue-winged Parrotlet.


Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus spengeli

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Perhaps declining due to human interference.

Range:

Restricted to N Colombia, from Caribbean coastal region west and south of Santa Marta mountains, Atlantico, south along Rio Magdalena in Bolivar and Cesar.

Habitat:

Prefers drier wooded habitats such as open and riparian woodland, cerrado and caatinga; also found in savanna, palm groves, semi-arid scrubland and pastures.

Wild Diet:

Eats fruits and seeds of Cecropia, seeds of Mikania, Rhipsalis sp. (pulp and seeds) and Trema mirantha. Also flowers and fruits of Ambrosia polystacha and Marcgravia polyantha, and fruits of Cereus jamacaru and pulp of Ficus enormis. Has also been observed eating clay.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Will forage in the open and sometimes on the ground. Highly social; found in groups of up to 50 individuals.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-7 spherical to elliptical eggs, 19.0 x 15.0mm (0.7 x 0.6 in)

Breeding Season:

May-October. Nest is cavity in tree (ie Cecropia), in termite nest, fence-post (14) or in abandoned nest of Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus).

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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet
© Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

Did You Know?

The Turquoise-winged Parrotlet was once conspecific (belonging to the same species) with the Blue-winged Parrotlet.


Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus spengeli

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