Black-winged Parrot
Hapalopsittaca melanotis

Parrot Alinegro

Larson celeste

24 cm. height.

The Black-winged Parrot (Hapalopsittaca melanotis) is distinguishable by the head almost all greyish blue, with blue-billed, ochre around the eye and back of the same black spot defined. Wings with large black patch and blue purple ends; the tip of the tail blue. The subspecies Hapalopsittaca melanotis peruviana head green, with the spot towards the back of the eye dark orange.

Rare, Although most abundant in Bolivia. Dwells in valleys temperate and humid montane forests, between 1500 to 2500 m.. (Occasionally a 3450 m.. in Peru). Generally in pairs or small groups. Seen mostly in pairs or in small groups of 3 to 25 birds. Occasionally gather in groups of up to 50 birds around their favored roosting.

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Not considered in any of the categories of threat, It is very rare in captivity.

They have recorded for this species altitudinal migration, Depending perhaps on the fruiting, Since the fruit is their main source of food.

With reproduced in cavities of trees or places of nesting woodpeckers.

Inhabits intermittently to the East of the Andes, in the center of Peru and in the yunga of Bolivia.

  • Sound of the Black-winged Parrot.
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Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Hapalopsittaca
Scientific name: Hapalopsittaca melanotis
Citation: (Lafresnaye, 1847)
Protonimo: Pionus melanotis

Alternative names:

Black-winged Parrot or Black-eared Parrot (English)
Lorito celeste (Peru, Bolivia)
Schwarzflügelpapagei (German)
Caïque à ailes noires (French)
Pappagallo alinere, (Italian).

Black-winged Parrot (Hapalopsittaca melanotis)


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