Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Tui Parakeet (Brotogeris sanctithomae)


Taxonomy

French: Toui à front d’or German: Tuisittich Spanish: Catita frentigualda
Taxonomy:

Psittacus St. Thomae

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Island of St Thomas, substituted by “Brazilian Amazons”

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. s. sanctithomae (Statius Müller, 1776) – NE Ecuador, extreme SE Colombia and E Peru through Amazonian Brazil E to R Madeira and S to N Bolivia.
  • B. s. takatsukasae Neumann, 1931 – basin of lower Amazon E from R Negro and R Madeira, in NC Brazil.
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; mean 59 g. Generally green, more yellowish below and on rump and tail; bluish tinge on face; lores and forehead yellow; primaries dark green, bluish below. Immature... read more

    Voice

    Common calls include a high-pitched “klee”, shrill “chree” or bisyllabic “chree-chree”, given both... read more

    Habitat

    Primarily in secondary growth, lightly wooded grassland and dense scrub on swampy riverbanks,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Visits riverside palms (unripe fruit ignored) and Erythrina trees, often taking their blossoms; also manioc and sugarcane... read more

    Breeding

    Jul in Peru; evidence suggests Apr–Jul in Colombia, where nest-holes were noted in termitaria. Six different-sized nestlings reported... read more

    Movements

    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Locally abundant with very little habitat loss, Brazil, and equally common within the limited areas occupied in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Bonan, A. & Boesman, P. (2018). Tui Parakeet (Brotogeris sanctithomae). 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/54698 on 14 December 2018).