Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Blue-fronted Parrotlet (Touit dilectissimus)


French: Toui à front bleu German: Kronenpapagei Spanish: Cotorrita cariazul
Other common names: Red-winged Parrotlet (when lumped with T. costaricensis)

Urochroma dilectissima

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1871,

south of Mérida, Venezuela


Sometimes treated as conspecific with T. costaricensis. Monotypic.


E Panama through NE Colombia to Perijá Mts and Andes of W Venezuela, and S on Pacific slope to SW Ecuador (El Oro).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 59–71 g. Green, paler on underparts; crown bronze-green except for blue forecrown; lores and subocular streak red, both bordered blue below; eyering... read more


Most common calls are a slightly nasal “chree” or bisyllabic “chu-ree”. In flight, individuals of (... read more


Cloud forest and tall second growth in foothills and lower highlands, extending to lowlands at... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits have been found in stomachs. Recorded in Ecuador feeding on fruits of Clusia cf. alata and ... read more


Jun in Colombia; evidently May–Jun in Panama. Nest in arboreal termitarium. A nest in Colombia was c. 7 m above the ground; building... read more


Seasonal movements take birds into lowlands and up to 3000 m.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon to rare; part of range in N Colombia now deforested, and suffers from habitat loss within a small range, Venezuela... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & de Juana, E. (2018). Blue-fronted Parrotlet (Touit dilectissimus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 March 2018).