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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet

 (Forpus spengeli)
 
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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet (top), Green-rumped Parrotlet (bottom)
© Joseph Smit [Public domain]

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 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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More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet (top), Green-rumped Parrotlet (bottom)
© Joseph Smit [Public domain]

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.

Click photo to visit gallery

Turquoise-winged Parrotlet (top), Green-rumped Parrotlet (bottom)
© Joseph Smit [Public domain]

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 of Cecropia, seeds of Mikania and Trema mirantha and flowers of Ambrosia and Marcgravia.

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-August

Click photo to visit gallery

Turquoise-winged Parrotlet (top), Green-rumped Parrotlet (bottom)
© Joseph Smit [Public domain]

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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