Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet (Touit huetii)


French: Toui de Huet German: Schwarzstirnpapagei Spanish: Cotorrita alirroja

Psittacus huetii


, 1830,

upper Amazonia




S & NE Venezuela and adjacent N Guyana, perhaps also Suriname; disjunctly in EC Colombia and E Ecuador, and E Peru to N Bolivia; and E Amazonian Brazil from R Aripuanã E to R Tocantins, and in N Pará#R, with a single record from Manaus. It is not known whether the apparent gaps in this range are genuine.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 58–62 g. Green, paler on underparts; front of face dark with white eyering, crown and nape olive-brown; upperwing-coverts dark blue, primaries black,... read more


Most common calls are a slightly nasal “chruu” or bisyllabic “chu-ru”. In flight, individuals of (... read more


Humid lowland, chiefly terra firme forest, but also seasonally flooded várzea... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


Evidence for Apr in S Venezuela; birds with young in N Mato Grosso (Rio Aripuanã), Brazil, indicated their having bred Sept–... read more


Almost certainly nomadic in upper Amazonia, birds rarely being found in one area for more than a... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Although apparently uncommon to rare, this bird is highly unobtrusive and lives in remote areas, so may be commoner than records indicate; or it may be... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet (Touit huetii). 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).