Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Yellow-faced Parrotlet (Forpus xanthops)


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

Psittacula xanthops


, 1895,

Viña, Huamachuco, Peru


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


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 18 January 2020).