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Dusky Parrot

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Photo by alexandre vinotRisquetout, French Guiana, December 2006
Photo by alexandre vinot
Risquetout, French Guiana, December 2006
Pionus fuscus



  • Brown with purple red or red blue tones above and below
  • Slate blue head
  • Red spot each side of head by forehead
  • Black ear patch
  • Grey eyering
  • Throat and neck feathers tipped white
  • Chin and breast feathers edged dull pink
  • Blue tail with red undertail
  • Purple blue wings
  • Deep violet underwings
  • Brown iris
  • Grey legs
  • Dark grey bill


  • Greener heads
  • Green tinged wings
  • Darker iris


South America: found in humid north-eastern Colombia, to the Guianas and northern Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dense forests.



The diet includes seeds, fruits and berries.


The clutch consists of 3-4 eggs which are incubated for 26 days. The young fledge about 10 weeks later.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Animal World

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