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Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
West Andes. Colombia, September 2011
Pionus chalcopterus


28cm (11-11½ in)

  • Dark bluish-green head
  • Dark bronze green back, mantle and underparts
  • Dark blue wings, rump and tail
  • White chin patch
  • Pink speckled upper breast
  • Pale yellow bill
  • Bare pink eye ring


  • White eyering
  • Brown underparts


South America: found in humid forests of north-eastern Colombia, western Venezuela, Ecuador, north-western Peru.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies cyanescens is generally considered invalid[2].


Moist foothill and cloud forests and forest edges. Observed at heights around 1,200-2,400m.



Very little has been recorded. It is thought they eat the fruits of West Indian elm, seeds and possibly figs too.


The nests are placed in tree cavities. The clutch of 3-4 white eggs is incubated by the female for 26 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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