Spectacled Parrotlet
Forpus conspicillatus

Spectacled Parrotlet

12,7 to 13,9 cm.. height.

Spectacled Parrotlet

The male of the Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus) has a yellowish green forehead extending the cheeks and to the throat.

The underparts They are slightly off in colouration, with a bluish gray suffusion in chest. The area surrounding the eyes It is cobalt blue. The wings and upperparts is dark green, with the back and rump blue-violet color, with a darker shade on own rear.

The bill Pink is white. The legs They are pink. The irises is dark brown.

Colors female they are duller in terms of the general coloring. Their upperparts They are brighter, with the area around the eyes, emerald green. The underparts They are more yellowish green.

Description 3 subspecies:

  • Forpus conspicillatus caucae

    (Chapman, 1915) – It is paler and blue around the eyes is lighter and is just behind these.

  • Forpus conspicillatus conspicillatus

    (Lafresnaye, 1848) – Nominal.

  • Forpus conspicillatus metae

    (Borrero & Hernandez-Camacho, 1961) – Blue around eyes It is very small.


It is very common. It is found in varied ecosystems, patches of forest, clear with scattered trees, cultivated areas, from 200 m to 1800 m (migrate attitudinally up 2600 metres in Bogotá). They are noisy flocks of more of 120 individuals.


Nest in postholes and termiteros.


Feeds on grass and weed seeds, fruit, berries, flowers and buds.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 822.000 km2

Patchy and discontinuous distribution. East of Panama, Colombia and West of Venezuela.

Distribution 3 subspecies:

  • Forpus conspicillatus caucae

    (Chapman, 1915) – Southwest of Colombia, to the West of the Andes (Cauca and Nariño); possibly west of Ecuador.

  • Forpus conspicillatus conspicillatus

    (Lafresnaye, 1848) – Nominal. From the tropical eastern Panama north central Colombia.

  • Forpus conspicillatus metae

    (Borrero & Hernandez-Camacho, 1961) – Slope of the Andes of Colombia to the west end of Venezuela.


• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern.

• Population trend: In increased.

Justification of the population

The size of the world population It has not been quantified, but this species is described as “common” (Stotz et to the., 1996).

Justification of trend

It is suspected that the population is increasing as habitat degradation is creating new areas of suitable habitat.

Spectacled parrot in captivity:

In captivity is common in some European countries, rare elsewhere. It is a bird lively, Intelligent and with attitude. They are highly valued for being quiet; they can learn many words and whistle very well. Are loving and they love spending time with their owners, However, they are happy and independent enough to happily play with their toys while the owner is absent. Need much space as it is a bird very Active, as well as different toys.

Alternative names:

Spectacled Parrotlet (English).
Toui à lunettes, Perruche-moineau à lunettes (French).
Brillensperlingspapagei, Augenring-Sperlingspapagei, Brillenpapagei (German).
Tuim-da-colômbia (Portuguese).
Catita Enana Pálida, Cotorrita de Anteojos, Periquito de Anteojos (Spanish).
Periquito Ojiazul (Venezuela).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Forpus
Scientific name: Forpus conspicillatus
Citation: (Lafresnaye, 1848)
Protonimo: Psittacula conspicillata

Images Spectacled Parrotlet:

Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus)


    – Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
    – Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr
    – Book parrots, parrots and macaws Neotropical.


    (1) – A female Spectacled Parrotlet in Manizales, Caldas, By Julian Londono from Colombia Manizales, Colombia [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    (2) – A male Spectacled Parrotlet in Manizales, Caldas, By Julian Londono from Colombia Manizales, Colombia [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    (3) – A pair of Spectacled Parrotlets in Manizales, Caldas, By Julian Londono from Colombia Manizales, Colombia [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    (4) – A male Spectacled Parrotlet in Colombia just outside the entrance of its nest By Rogier Klappe [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    (5) – Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus) by Ron KnightFlickr
    (6) – PSITTACULA CONSPICILLATA By Internet Archive Book Images [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons


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