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Blue-winged parrotlet (Forpus xanthopterygius)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Tribe: Forpini
Genus: Forpus
F. Boie, 1858

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Forpus is a genus of Neotropical parrots in the family Psittacidae.



Forpus parrots, also known as parrotlets, are sexually dimorphic. Males have somewhat dull colors but have a bright blue streak on their wings and eye. Females have bright colors and do not have the blue on the wing. They may or may not have it on the eye. Some parrotlet species are exceptions; but it is usually easy to tell them apart.


Parrots in the genus Forpus are commonly kept as pets with at least one partner. They are very social and will often show signs of depression if kept alone. One has to consider that Forpus parrots, especially the male birds, can be very loud and need enough space to fly and roam in. Like any other parrot, (due to their strong beaks) they usually spend their time socializing with their partner, nagging preferably on woods (bark, e.g. Corkbark) and porous rocks. Due to their curiosity exposure to toxic material like plastic (e.g. window seals), toxic plants and chemically treated objects should be strictly avoided, especially galvanized wires (falsely used as cheap material for aviaries, have led to many cases of intoxication. They are not easy to breed as they are extremely aggressive and will sometimes kill or severely maim their partners. They are known for biting attacks, usually aimed to their partners claws. Green-rumpeds aren't much of biters but they don't usually talk as well. Mexican, spectacled, and yellow-faced parrotlets are rarer in the U.S. but are found captive in other places as well. Dusky-billed, also more commonly known as Sclater's parrotlets are extremely rare and are only found captive in Europe.

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