Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Vulnerable

Yellow-faced Parrotlet (Forpus xanthops)


Taxonomy

French: Toui à tête jaune German: Gelbmasken-Sperlingspapagei Spanish: Cotorrita carigualda
Taxonomy:

Psittacula xanthops

Salvin

, 1895,

Viña, Huamachuco, Peru

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Closely related to F. coelestis; has in the past been considered a subspecies of that, but clear differences in size and colour exist. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Upper Marañón Valley (S Amazonas, SE Cajamarca and E La Libertad), in NC Peru.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Yellow crown and face with bluish postocular stripe merging into bluish grey of hindcrown and nape, this in turn merging into olive grey on sides of neck, back and... read more

Voice

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

Habitat

Cactus-Prosopis montane desert scrub, dry deciduous forest and riparian thickets at 600... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits or seeds of a leguminous tree Cercidium praecox, cactus fruits and seeds, flowers of Bombax discolor; observed on... read more

Breeding

Mar–Apr. Nests reportedly placed in natural dirt and rock walls along R Marañón, in colonies of up to 70 birds; old... read more

Movements

Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Until relatively recently (c. 1980) considered common to abundant, but heavily traded internally... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Yellow-faced Parrotlet (Forpus xanthops). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54690 on 23 June 2018).