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Blue-fronted Parrotlet

Touit dilectissimus

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Small, short-tailed parrot that occurs from Venezuela to Ecuador and into eastern Panama. Green overall with a pale bluish eyering and red patches around the eye. Blue forecrown can be difficult to see but, look for red shoulder. Rarely seen perched; most often detected by voice as it flies rapidly over the forest, mostly often in pairs or small groups. With a quick flight view, note small size and short, square tail. The only member of its genus in range. Scarce and local, occurring mainly in the foothills and lower subtropics but occasionally ranging into the lowlands. Listen for bisyllabic calls with a grating quality: “chuwee, chuwee.”

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