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Bronze-winged Parrot

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Photo by COLOMBIA BirdingWest Andes. Colombia, September 2011
Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
West Andes. Colombia, September 2011
Pionus chalcopterus


[edit] Identification

28cm (11-11½ in)

  • Dark bluish-green head
  • Dark bronze green back, mantle and underparts
  • Dark blue wings, rump and tail
  • White chin patch
  • Pink speckled upper breast
  • Pale yellow bill
  • Bare pink eye ring


  • White eyering
  • Brown underparts

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in humid forests of north-eastern Colombia, western Venezuela, Ecuador, north-western Peru.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies cyanescens is generally considered invalid[2].

[edit] Habitat

Moist foothill and cloud forests and forest edges. Observed at heights around 1,200-2,400m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Very little has been recorded. It is thought they eat the fruits of West Indian elm, seeds and possibly figs too.

[edit] Breeding

The nests are placed in tree cavities. The clutch of 3-4 white eggs is incubated by the female for 26 days.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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