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Turquoise-winged Parrotlet - BirdForum Opus

Forpus spengeli


12–13 cm (4¾-5 in)

  • Green overall plumage
  • Underparts slightly yellower
  • Pinkish bill
  • Brown iris


  • Violet-blue just visible at the bend of the closed wing, on upperside of primaries and secondaries and under-wing coverts of the open wing, and turquoise-blue on lower back, and rump (in other words, the blue is paler).

Female: all green, yellowish forehead.

Similar species

Paler than Riparian Parrotlet, and compared to Forpus passerinus viridissimus, (the nearest subspecies of Green-rumped Parrotlet) the male has turquoise-blue on wings and rump (vs greenish) and the female has more yellowish in the head vs whitish auriculars in Green-rumped Parrotlet.


Northern Colombia


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly included in Blue-winged Parrotlet together with Cobalt-rumped Parrotlet and Riparian Parrotlet. It has also been placed in Green-rumped Parrotlet, with which it is more closely related genetically, but reportedly there is no interbreeding.


Semi-arid ares with second-growth, scrub or scattered trees, mostly in lowlands.


It seems there is no data specifically for this species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collar, N., J. del Hoyo, G. M. Kirwan, and P. F. D. Boesman (2021). Turquoise-winged Parrotlet (Forpus spengeli), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (H. F. Greeney, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.buwpar1.01
  3. Proposal (eventually passed) to split this species from the former Blue-winged Parrotlet and/or from the Green-rumped Parrotlet.

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