Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet (Touit batavicus)


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

Psittaca Batavica


, 1783,

Batavia; error = Venezuela




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


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


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.


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


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. (2019). 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 on 13 December 2019).