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A bird with very little orange
Photo © by Glen Tepke
Mismaloya, Jalisco, Mexico, 18 January 2008
Eupsittula canicularis

Aratinga canicularis


23–25 cm (9-9¾ in)

  • Blue crown
  • Orange forehead
  • Bare yellow eye-ring
  • Yellow iris
  • White bill
  • Green upperparts
  • Yellow underparts
  • Blue outer primaries
  • Yellow wing linings
  • Blue-tipped tail

Young birds are similar to adults, but with much less orange on the forehead.


Subspecies canicularis. A bird with a lot more orange
Photo © by Costaricafinca
Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 6 November 2008

Found on the Pacific slope of Mexico and Central America from Sinaloa to northwest Costa Rica.


Formerly placed in genus Aratinga.


Three subspecies are recognized1:

  • E. c. clarae:
  • West Mexico (Sinaloa to Colima, Durango and Michoacán)
  • E. c. eburnirostrum:
  • South West Mexico (eastern Michoacán to Guerrero and Oaxaca)
  • E. c. canicularis:
  • Arid tropical western Mexico (Chiapas) to western Costa Rica
Subspecies canicularis
Photo © by Renzos68
Palo Verde, Costa Rica, 21 September 2016


Deciduous woodland, forest edges, swamp forests, savannas and thorn scrub.



They use a cavity in a termite nest or other natural cavities for their nests. The clutch consists of 3-5 white eggs.


The diet consists of seeds, flowers and fruits including figs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)

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