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Brown-backed Parrotlet

 (Touit melanonotus)

Also known as: Black-backed Parrotlet, Black-eared Parrotlet, Wied's Parrotlet

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Brown-backed Parrotlet in the wild
© Elis Simpson

Did You Know?

Touit parrotlets have such unobtrusive and shy habits that they are frequently overlooked. Thus, it is difficult to determine the status of these parrots in the wild when searched for in the canopy.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit melanonotus

Species Profile

Genus: Touit | Species: melanonotus

Size:

15cm (6 in)

Weight:

Not available

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults dark brown mantle and tertial feathers; brown/black scapulars and back; green rump and upper tail coverts; pale blue/grey flanks and sides of lower breast, generally duller and fainter in female; carpal edge has dull red marking; green underwing coverts; green central tail feathers, the outer lateral feathers red, banded black near tip and green at tip, the remainder of the lateral tail feathers red tipped with black. Bill olive/yellow with grey at base. Eye ring grey. Eye greyish.

Colourization Juvenile:

Undescribed

Call:

Calls are described as distinctive and rattling notes.

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Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

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Brown-backed Parrotlet in the wild
© Elis Simpson

Did You Know?

Touit parrotlets have such unobtrusive and shy habits that they are frequently overlooked. Thus, it is difficult to determine the status of these parrots in the wild when searched for in the canopy.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit melanonotus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Not available

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

Not available

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Brown-backed Parrotlet in the wild
© Elis Simpson

Did You Know?

Touit parrotlets have such unobtrusive and shy habits that they are frequently overlooked. Thus, it is difficult to determine the status of these parrots in the wild when searched for in the canopy.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit melanonotus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

350 - 1500

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species is at threat from the fragmentation of its range by extensive deforestation for agriculture, urbanisation and mining.

Range:

SE Brazil, from southern Bahia south to southern Sao Paulo.

Habitat:

Found from 500-1000m (1640-3280 ft) in humid forest on lower montane slopes.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds of leguminous trees and fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Social; seen in small groups of 3-20 individuals. Some seasonal and local movements are seen, mainly from lowland to higher areas over short distances. Stays in the upper canopy where it is difficult to spot as it quietly goes about its daily activites.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not available

Breeding Season:

Not available

Related Links:

Infonatura
Wikipedia
Cornell Neotropical Unit
Arkive

Click photo to visit gallery

Brown-backed Parrotlet in the wild
© Elis Simpson

Did You Know?

Touit parrotlets have such unobtrusive and shy habits that they are frequently overlooked. Thus, it is difficult to determine the status of these parrots in the wild when searched for in the canopy.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit melanonotus

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