Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Golden-tailed Parrotlet (Touit surdus)


French: Toui à queue d’or German: Gelbschwanzpapagei Spanish: Cotorrita sorda

Psittacus surdus


, 1820,



NE Brazilian population possibly merits subspecific treatment, for which the name chryseurus (of which ruficauda is a junior synonym) is available. Monotypic.


Coastal NE & E Brazil (Ceará; Pernambuco to Alagoas; Bahia to São Paulo).

Descriptive notes

16 cm. Like other Touit species, most frequently seen in fast flight high overhead. Green, brighter on underparts, especially belly and undertail-coverts; yellow on... read more


Poorly described in literature. Like T. melanonotus, calls most frequently in flight, but... read more


Lowland evergreen and sand-plain forest, including secondary forest and cacao plantations, as well... read more

Food and feeding

Very poorly known. Principally fruits, including unripe fruits of Spondias lutea and ripe fruits of Rapanea schwackeana... read more


Very few data. Presumed to commence in Sept–Oct at start of rains, like most E Brazil endemics, although a female collected in the... read more


Some local or seasonal displacements have been reported: in Rio de Janeiro state, appears at Cabo... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Population most recently estimated by BirdLife International at 2500-9999 mature individuals within an overall range of 32,200 km². Generally rare... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Golden-tailed Parrotlet (Touit surdus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 March 2018).