Pacific Parrotlet
Forpus coelestis

Pacific Parrotlet



12-13 cm.. height.

The Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis) It is a small bird, chubby with a tail short and finished in tip. Distinguishable in flight by the blue and Brown on the inside of the wings. It has blue behind the eye and in the middle of the wing at the top. The female does blue stain on the top of the wing and the blue behind the eye is paler. The Immature males they are similar to the adult male, but more pale and with back brownish.


The Pacific Parrotlet they frequent most of the dry wooded habitats, such as scrub thorny, bosque deciduous, dense thickets of Captus with balsa trees, plantations of banana and mango, riparian zone, irrigated fields in Savannah and gardens, Although their preferred areas are those of the humid tropical vegetation such as the coastal mangales.

Older records of this species are from below sea level of 1.000 m, but are to 2.150 meters on the West side of the Andes in Huancabamba, East of Piura, Peru, and a 1.370-1.650 meters in the South of Loja, Ecuador.

Generally gregarious; they form large flocks where abundant food.


It nests in the cavity of trees, in cactus, fence posts, piping or the nests of the Pale-legged Hornero (Furnarius leucopus), of the Necklaced Spinetail (Synallaxis stictothorax) or Fasciated Wren (Campylorhynchus fasciatus).

The breeding season includes the months of January to may. Sometimes, they breed once again throughout the year. The laying of eggs 4-6.


The diet of the Pacific Parrotlet includes seeds grass, berries, fruit (example, of Tamarindus, Amaranthus spinosus) and cactus fruits. It forages among the vegetation and land.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 147.000 km2

This species is found in the West of Ecuador, in Manabi Since the latitude of the Valley of the Rio Chone to the South across the South of Pichincha, The rivers and Guayas (including the Isla Puna), until Gold and Loja, entering the Northwest of Peru, in Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and South of Cajamarca, until Freedom and Trujillo.

Irregularly-common, sometimes abundant; most numerous in arid areas. The population apparently still has not been affected badly by the trade in live birds or the conversion of natural and semi-natural habitats for the Agriculture. The species is probably Forpus most numerous in captivity.


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

• Population trend: Stable.

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

Suspected that the population is stable in absence of evidence of any decline or threatens substantial.

"Pacific Parrotlet" in captivity:

Colorful, charming and intelligent. These small birds have become in very popular pets in recent years. Its small size and quiet nature make of the Pacific Parrotlet an ideal choice for people living in apartments. Nicknamed "Pocket parrots" in the pet trade, These parakeets are actually the smallest of the family of parrots, and they are as smart as many larger species. Some learn to speak quite well, Although the species is not particularly known for the ability to speak.
An interesting fact upon the Pacific Parrotlet its closest relative is the the Amazon Parrot. Although the two species differ greatly in size, owners often report striking similarities between them. Despite being small birds, they are not in any way "birds of low maintenance". While it is true that they are, course, easy to clean, in comparison with the larger birds, However require your daily care to keep them docile, socialization at an early age is the key to be in a future good behavior.
They have tendency to obesity. They must be able to get out of their cages, spread your wings, and exercise their muscles to maintain their physical and mental health.

Their metabolism is very high, and they should have food available at all times. They are known for their appetite voracious, and occur in one diet varied that consists in fruits and vegetables fresh, small seeds such as millet, the high-quality commercial pellets, and sources of proteins from boiled egg.

There are many mutations.

Alternative names:

Pacific Parrotlet, Western Parrotlet (English).
Toui céleste, Perruche-moineau céleste (French).
Himmelsperlingspapagei, Himmelspapagei (German).
Tuim-peruano (Portuguese).
Catita Enana Amarilla, Cotorrita de Piura, Cotorrita Celestial (Spanish).
Periquito Esmeralda (Peru).

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Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Forpus
Scientific name: Forpus coelestis
Citation: (Lesson, 1847)
Protonimo: agapornis heavenly

Pacific Parrotlet images:

Videos of the "Pacific Parrotlet"

Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)


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


(1) – Male Green Pacific Parrotlet, named Jackson By Susan C. Griffin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Pacific Parrotlets (also known as Lesson’s Parrotlet and Celestial Parrotlet) at Wilhelma Zoo, Stuttgart, Germany By Undertable [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – A pet Pacific Parrotlet – yellow colour mutation By Becky Wetherington (originally posted to Flickr as 82/365 – Good bird.) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – A pet male Pacific Parrotlet (also known as Lesson’s Parrotlet and Celestial Parrotlet) By Erin Purcell (originally posted to Flickr as [1]) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) – Pacific Parrotlet (also known as Lesson’s Parrotlet and Celestial Parrotlet) in El Empalme, El Oro Province, coastal SW Ecuador By markaharper1 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: (Xeno-canto)

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