Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Spot-winged Parrotlet (Touit stictopterus)


French: Toui tacheté German: Tüpfelpapagei Spanish: Cotorrita alipinta

Urochroma stictoptera

P. L. Sclater

, 1862,

Bogotá, Colombia


Supposedly separate species described as T. emmae was based on adult female of present species. Birds from Ecuador described as race papilio, but considered inseparable from those in rest of species’ range. Monotypic.


Ecuador and N Peru; probably extinct in C & S Colombia#R.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 71–84 g. Green, paler on underparts; wings dusky brown, with whitish tips to coverts and two outer median coverts orange. Female has green wing-coverts... read more


Most common calls are a grating “chree-kree” or “crree-crree”. In flight, individuals of groups... read more


Tall humid montane forest at 500–2400 m (chiefly 1050–1700 m) in upper tropical and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and seeds, including mistletoe; reportedly raids maize crops and sometimes feeds in Ficus and Clusia trees. ... read more


Very circumstantial evidence for Mar in Ecuador; specimens in Jun and Oct–Nov had undeveloped gonads, and birds were in flocks at... read more


No evidence of wandering.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Uncommon although probably unrecorded. Threatened by habitat destruction within apparently fragmented and disjunct range, especially in Colombia, but... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Boesman, P. & Bonan, A. (2019). Spot-winged Parrotlet (Touit stictopterus). 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 11 December 2019).