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Hacienda Limon, Cajamarca Peru, June 2013
Forpus xanthops


15 cm (6 in)

  • Yellow crown, cheeks, and throat
  • Violet grey occiput and nape, extending as a stripe to eye
  • Greenish-grey upper back and wings
  • Blue lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts
  • Wings
    • Violet blue primary and secondary-coverts, also inner secondaries
    • Paler secondary-coverts
    • Blue under wing-coverts
    • Bluish-green undersides of flight feathers
  • Greenish-yellow underparts
  • Tail green above, dusky green below
  • Horn bill with grey at base of upper mandible
  • Brown iris
  • Brown legs

Female: similar to male but paler. Lower back and rump pale blue; primary and secondary-coverts, secondaries, and bases to primaries green tinged with blue.


South America: Endemic to Peru (dry scrub of upper Marañón Valley).


This is a monotypic species[1], which used to be included in Pacific Parrotlet.


Dry deciduous woodland, riparian thickets and desert scrub.



The diet includes the seeds of balsa trees and cacti, fruits and flowers.


They nest in natural dirt and rock walls, in colonies, and 3-6 eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2014)
  3. AvianWeb

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