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Forpus modestus

Forpus sclateri

Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
Mitu, south western Colombia, December 2011



South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil


There are 2 subspecies

  • F. m. modestus:
  • F. m. sclateri:
  • South-eastern Colombia to northern Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil

Forpus modestus seems to be the correct scientific name, and not Forpus sclateri; additionally, F. m. eidos needed to be renamed to the older name F. m. modestus.


Swamps and lowland damp forests and open areas.



  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of this species in posts #1 and #8
  4. Wikipedia

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