French: Toui à queue pourprée German: Purpurschwanzpapagei Spanish: Cotorrita purpurada
J. F. Gmelin, 1788,
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. viridiceps
Chapman, 1929 – S Venezuela (S from Cerro Duida) into N Brazil on upper R Negro, and W to SE Colombia, E Ecuador and NE Peru.
T. p. purpuratus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – S Venezuela (E from Cerro Duida) through the Guianas to N Brazil (including lower R Negro) E as far as Maranhão.
17–18 cm; 54–66 g. Crown olive brown, rest of head and underparts green; back and wings slightly darker green, with dusky brown scapulars forming V on folded... read more
Most common calls are nasal and almost goose-like, e.g., “ah-ney” or “nyaah-eh”, given both perched... read more
Montane evergreen forest in tepuí region, reaching to 1400 m, otherwise tropical lowland... read more
Food and feeding
Recorded feeding on fruit of Ficus, Clusia grandiflora, Pouroma guianensis, Astrocaryum aculeatum ... read more
Mar in Venezuela; Apr and Nov in the Guianas; female excavating nest in Nov, Colombia. This nest was a hole in a dead tree in flooded... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon, never in large numbers, but inconspicuous and therefore perhaps underrecorded. Recorded since 1991 in NE Peru,... read more
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