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Yellow-faced Parrotlet

 (Forpus xanthops)
 
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Yellow-faced Parrotlet on cactus
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Parrotlets were kept in France as long ago as 1682.

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Species Profile

Genus: Forpus | Species: xanthops

Size:

14.5cm (5.6 in)

Weight:

35g (1.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-bright yellow forehead, crown, cheeks and throat; occiput and nape purple/grey, extending in a stripe to eye; olive/grey mantle, upper back and lesser wing coverts to scapulars and inner secondary feathers; deep blue lower back, rump, upper tail coverts and underwing coverts; purple/blue secondary coverts; inner primary feathers suffused with blue at bases; green/yellow underparts. Bill horn in colour with grey at base of upper mandible. Eye brown.  Female-as in male but lower back and rump paler blue in colour; primary and secondary coverts, secondary feathers and bases to primary feathers all green tinged with blue.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but dull overall, less yellow on face. Grey absent on bill.

Call:

Quiet tweets and chirps

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
Arkive
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
Petco
BirdLife International
CITES
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 11041, Yellow-faced Parrotlet Forpus xanthops, Parker, Theodore A., III, Amazonas, Peru, Aug. 8 1975, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to the Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Yellow-faced Parrotlet on cactus
© Nick Athanas | www.antpitta.com

Did You Know?

Parrotlets were kept in France as long ago as 1682.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus xanthops

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare; unknown until 1979 or so.

Longevity:

15-25 yrs

Housing:

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

Diet:

Small seed mix: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat and safflower; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; seeding grasses; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion, chickweed, sowthistle; rearing food made with hard-cooked eggs, carrot, wholegrain bread and low fat cheese all ground up; fruits such as: apple, pear, etc; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Bathing using overhead misters or shallow water bowls, socialization; swings, ladders, perches, chew items (fir, pine, willow twigs, sterilized pine cones, vegetable tanned leather), foraging toys, puzzle toys.

Nest Box Size:

6" x 6" x 6" (15.2cm x 15.2cm 15.2cm) vertical box

Clutch Size:

3 to 6

Incubation Time:

22 days

Fledging Age:

5-6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Yellow-faced Parrotlet on cactus
© Nick Athanas | www.antpitta.com

Did You Know?

Parrotlets were kept in France as long ago as 1682.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus xanthops

Species Wild Status

World Population:

350 - 1500

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Trapping for the wild bird trade. Mortality rate during capture is estimated at 40-100%.

Range:

NW Peru; confined to upper Rio Maranon valley, from E La Libertad north to SE Cajamarca and S Amazonas.

Habitat:

Found from 800-1000m (2624-3280 ft), rarely 2400m (7872 ft), in arid, lightly wooded habitats in the upper tropical and subtropical areas including scrub, riparian vegetation, open balsa woodland, cactus montane desert and open country with scattered vegetation.

Wild Diet:

Food items include cactus and tree fruits, seeds and flowers; also grass and wheat seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Social birds; roosts communally. Up to 70 pairs in communal nesting area.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 to 6 eggs

Breeding Season:

March-April

Related Links:

Cornell Neotropical Unit

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Yellow-faced Parrotlet on cactus
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Did You Know?

Parrotlets were kept in France as long ago as 1682.

Academic Research

Related publications: Forpus xanthops

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