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Black-winged Parrot
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Hapalopsittaca melanotis melanotis
Common Name Black-eared Parrot and Peruvian Black-winged Parrot
Range eastern Andes
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Genus Hapalopsittaca
Species Hapalopsittaca melanotis
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Black-winged parrot (Hapalopsittaca melanotis), also known as the black-eared parrot or Peruvian black-winged parrot, is a small (24 cm) species of parrot found in the eastern Andes. It is largely green with large black patches on wings, dull yellow around eyes, blue-grey beak, and distinct patches over the ears.

It occupies montane forest, both tall trees and boggy areas. It eats mainly fruit. Flocks up to 50. Nest sites unknown.

It has two subspecies in separate ranges:

  • Hapalopsittaca melanotis melanotis: Bolivian yungas, 1500-2500m. Head mostly dull turquoise to slate blue, ear coverts dark or black.
  • Hapalopsittaca melanotis peruviana: Eastern Peruvian Andes (incl. higher parts of Manu National Park), 2800-3400m. Head mostly green with bluish neck band, ear coverts dull red.