The Forpus genus includes nine small parrots from South and Middle America.

They are highly social and pet birds should have a partner as they may show signs of depression if kept alone.

In general they are difficult to breed. They can be aggressive towards other birds or even their partner; biting attacks aimed towards the claws of other birds can occur.

According to [IUCN] the Mexican Parrotlet is Near Threatened and the Yellow-faced Parrotlet is Vulnerable due to cage-bird trade. The other Forpus species are Least Concern.


Forpus coelestis
Pacific Parrotlet

Forpus conspicillatus
Spectacled Parrotlet

Forpus cyanopygius
Mexican Parrotlet

Forpus modestus
Dusky-billed Parrotlet

Forpus passerinus
Green-rumped Parrotlet

Forpus spengeli
Turquoise-winged Parrotlet

Forpus xanthops
Yellow-faced Parrotlet

Forpus xanthopterygius
Blue-winged Parrotlet

Forpus crassirostris
Large-billed Parrotlet

Species & Subspecies

  • Forpus coelestis (Lesson, R, 1847) - Pacific Parrotlet
  • Forpus conspicillatus (Lafresnaye, 1848) - Spectacled Parrotlet
    • Forpus conspicillatus conspicillatus (Lafresnaye, 1848)
    • Forpus conspicillatus caucae (Chapman, 1915)
    • Forpus conspicillatus metae (Borrero & Hernández-Camacho, 1961)
  • Forpus cyanopygius (Souancé, 1856) - Mexican Parrotlet
    • Forpus cyanopygius cyanopygius (Souancé, 1856)
    • Forpus cyanopygius insularis (Ridgway, 1888)
  • Forpus modestus (Cabanis, 1849) - Dusky-billed Parrotlet
    • Forpus modestus modestus (Cabanis, 1849)
    • Forpus modestus sclateri (Gray, GR, 1859)
  • Forpus passerinus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Green-rumped Parrotlet
    • Forpus passerinus passerinus (Linnaeus, 1758)
    • Forpus passerinus cyanochlorus (Schlegel, 1864)
    • Forpus passerinus cyanophanes (Todd, 1915)
    • Forpus passerinus deliciosus (Ridgway, 1888)
    • Forpus passerinus viridissimus (Lafresnaye, 1848)
  • Forpus spengeli (Hartlaub, 1885) - Turquoise-winged Parrotlet
  • Forpus xanthops (Salvin, 1895) - Yellow-faced Parrotlet
  • Forpus xanthopterygius (von Spix, 1824) - Blue-winged Parrotlet
    • Forpus xanthopterygius xanthopterygius (von Spix, 1824)
    • Forpus xanthopterygius flavescens (Salvadori, 1891)
    • Forpus xanthopterygius flavissimus (Hellmayr, 1929)
  • Forpus crassirostris (Taczanowski, 1883) - Large-billed Parrotlet