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male and female venezuelan green parrotlets


Male Green-rumped ParrotletThe Venezuelan Green Parrotlets (Forpus passerinus viridissimus) is known both as the Caracas Parrotlet and as the Venezuelan Green-rumped Parrotlet



The Venezuelan Green Parrotlet is found across the north of Venezuela from northern Bolivar and the Delta Amacuro, being found to the south of the Orinoco River, extending eastwards to the vicinity of the Zulia River valley in Norte de Santander, in the north of Colombia. They have also been introduced to Trinidad, as well as to Barbados, Jamaica, and Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles.



Males are generally darker in coloration, especially over the wings. The plumage also tends to be bluer, although the area of blue under the wings is smaller and does not reach the carpal edge (= leading edge of the wing at the “shoulder”), as in the nominate race. Both axillaries (feathers under the wing – the “armpit” or “wingpit” of a bird) and under wing-coverts are bluish green, with violet blue evident on the lesser under wing coverts.

Hens are very similar to those of F. p. passerinus, but may have less colorful foreheads. Their legs may also be lighter in color.


Talking / Personality:

They are able to learn to talk and share the “big parrot” attitude of the lovebirds. They can get nippy, and require training. They are not very noisy, about the same noise level of a cockatiel.


Training and Behavioral Guidance:

Parrotlets can be nippy, as they do discover their beaks as method of “disciplining us” once they are out of the “baby stage” and they can generally be somewhat naughty, and it really is important to learn to understand them and to guide their behavior before an undesirable behavior has been established. Even a young bird that has not been neglected and abused requires proper guidance; this becomes even more challenging when it involves a rescued bird that may require rehabilitation. Spraying them with a mister bottle helps in curtailing any negative behavior; however, continuous guidance is important.


    • Web Resources: I put together web resources for you to help you understand your pet bird and properly direct him. Please visit the following website to learn more about parrot behavior and training.



Genus: Scientific: Forpus … English: Parrotlets … Dutch: Muspapegaaien … German: Sperlingspapageien … French: Perruche moineau … Species: Scientific: Forpus passerinus viridissimus … English: Venezuelan Green Parrotlet … Dutch: Venezuela Groene Muspapegaai … German: Venezuela Grünbürzel Sperlingspapagei … French: Perruche moineau de Barbados … CITES II – Endangered Species


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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