The diet consists of Ficus figs, different fruits, (i.e., berries, banana, oats, barley) seeds, maize crops, and grain.

IDENTIFICATION – Spot-winged Parrotlet (Touit stictopterus) is a chunky bird of 16-17 cm in length is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. Only Touit parrotlet is with all-green tail; upper wing-coverts dusky brown tipped dull white and outermost primary-coverts orange. The juvenile upper wing-coverts green with black bases showing through, and the outermost primary coverts are green. The immature bird looks like a female but is less bright.
HABITATS – Spot-winged Parrotlet habitually likes tall trees and is hard to spot in the foliage because of their camouflaging plumage. Therefore, most birders are observed when they are flying above the trees, but rare in between the trees. They rarely migrate if they are likely to take place depending on food availability.
Spot-winged Parrotlet (Touit stictopterus) is chunky bird of 16-17cm in is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae.
Spot-winged Parrotlet (Touit stictopterus) is chunky bird of 16-17cm in is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. Photo Credit – Manakin Nature Tours
CALL – Spot-winged Parrotlet call is harsh ddreet-ddreet-ddreet, raspy raah-reh or raah-reh…reh, normally quiet when in perch.
DISTRIBUTION – Spot-winged Parrotlet is a small but rare found in central Colombia, on western slopes of Cordillera Central in Cauca, western slopes of Cordillera Oriental in Cundinamarca, Sierra de la Macarena in Meta, and possibly eastern Nariño, and eastern slopes of the Andes in eastern Ecuador to northern Peru; mostly 1000 to 1700 m; vulnerable.
STATUS – Spot-winged Parrotlet is feared to have a small population and threatened due to habitat loss is causing a sluggish decline in the population size.
DIET – The diet consists of Ficus figs, different fruits, (i.e., berries, banana, oats, barley) seeds, maize crops, and grain.
Spot-winged Parrotlet habitually likes tall trees and is hard to spot in the foliage because of their camouflaging plumage.
Spot-winged Parrotlet habitually likes tall trees and is hard to spot in the foliage because of their camouflaging plumage.
LOCALITIES – Cordillera de los Picachos National Park, Meta-Huila, Colombia. Sangay National Park, Morona-Santiago, Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve and Sierra Azul Forest Reserve, western Napo, Ecuador. So, far very few birders have observed this rare species of parrot. This little parakeet flies in small numbers of flocks via the canopy of humid montane forests.
SIMILAR SPECIES – Only Touit parrotlet in much of range. However, the Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet T. huetii blue face and red under wings-coverts. Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet T. purpuratus possibly sympatric in northeastern Peru; brown band on scapulars; blue rump and red tail. The Barred Parakeet Bolborhynchus lineola black barring to green plumage. Cobalt-winged Parakeet Brotogeris cyanoptera orange chinspot; blue flight feathers; pointed tail and prominent white eye-ring.
Spot-winged Parrotlet is feared to have a small population and threatened due to habitat loss is causing a sluggish decline in the population size.
Spot-winged Parrotlet is feared to have a small population and threatened due to habitat loss is causing a sluggish decline in the population size. Photo Credit – Pinterest

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