Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)


French: Toui céleste German: Himmelsperlingspapagei Spanish: Cotorrita de Piura

Agapornis coelestis


, 1847,



Closely related to F. xanthops, with which has in the past been considered conspecific. Monotypic.


W Ecuador (W Esmeraldas) to NW Peru (La Libertad, Cajamarca); recently recorded in extreme SW Colombia (Nariño)#R.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 24–28 g. Light green crown and face with bluish postocular stripe merging into blue-grey of hindcrown, nape and sides of neck, this in turn shading to green-grey... read more


Call is a passerine-like “zit” or bisyllabic “zidit”, given both in flight and perched. Groups in... read more


Arid lowland scrub, semi-open tropical deciduous woodland, gallery forest and secondary growth,... read more

Food and feeding

Berries taken amid branches, cactus and Tamarindus fruits, seeds taken from the ground.


Jan–May in Ecuador. Nests in any natural or artificial cavity, from holes in trees, branches, fence posts and telephone poles to the... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common to abundant, and apparently able to withstand both moderate levels of trade and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis). 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 13 December 2019).