Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet (Touit batavicus)


Taxonomy

French: Toui à sept couleurs German: Siebenfarbenpapagei Spanish: Cotorrita sietecolores
Taxonomy:

Psittaca Batavica

Boddaert

, 1783,

Batavia; error = Venezuela

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Discontinuously from N Colombia (Santa Marta Mts) and N Venezuela to Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana E to border with (and possibly in) Amapá, Brazil.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 52–72 g. Head yellow, ear-coverts and sides of neck green, nape scaled dusky; back and wings black with greater wing-coverts yellowish green edged green-blue,... read more

Voice

Most common calls are a slightly nasal “ryee” or “nee-ryee”. In flight, individuals of (typically... read more

Habitat

Lowland deciduous forest extending into cloud-forest at 900–1700 m in W of range; elsewhere... read more

Food and feeding

Flowers, nectar, buds, berries, seeds and fruits, apparently mostly taken in the early morning.

Breeding

Fledgling found in Dec in Surinam; Jan–Mar on Trinidad. Nest in arboreal termitarium or hollow limb. Eggs 5–6.

Movements

Irregular wanderers in coastal regions, Surinam, and noted using Portachuelo Pass, Venezuela, Aug... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Relatively common on Trinidad. Considered heavily traded in Venezuela, but another source describes it as little kept in captivity owing to... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Lilac-tailed Parrotlet (Touit batavicus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54701 on 23 September 2018).