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Golden-tailed Parrotlet

 (Touit surdus)
 
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Golden-tailed Parrotlet
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Parrotlets are the smallest of the New World (South American) parrot species.

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Species Profile

Genus: Touit | Species: surdus

Size:

16cm (6.2 in)

Weight:

Not available

Races including nominate:

two: T.s. surdus, T.s. ruficauda

Colourization Adult:

T.s. surdus: Male-thin frontal band and face gold/yellow; hindneck tinged olive; scapulars and upper tertiary feathers olive/brown; dull blue marking on carpal edge; flanks and sides of lower breast green/yellow; underwing coverts green; centre tail feathers green tipped with black, the side tail feathers green/yellow tipped with black. Bill olive/yellow with grey at base. Eye grey. Female-side tail feathers green/yellow margined and tipped with dull green.
T.s. ruficauda: Both adults side tail feathers brown/yellow; smaller in size.

Colourization Juvenile:

Undescribed

Call:

Fairly loud and reminiscent of a flock of seagulls.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

BirdLife International
CITES
ML Media Collection Catalogue 32230, Golden-tailed Parrotlet Touit surdus, Parker, Theodore A., III, Espirito Santo, Brazil, Dec. 1 1982, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition

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Golden-tailed Parrotlet
© Arthur Grosset | http://www.arthurgrosset.com

Did You Know?

Parrotlets are the smallest of the New World (South American) parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit surdus

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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Golden-tailed Parrotlet
© Arthur Grosset | http://www.arthurgrosset.com

Did You Know?

Parrotlets are the smallest of the New World (South American) parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit surdus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

3500-10,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Threatened by loss of forest habitat, urbanisation and agriculture expansion.

Range:

T.s. surdus: SE Brazil, from southern Bahia and possibly southern Goias, south to Sao Paulo.
T.s. ruficauda: NE Brazil in Paraiba, Pernambuco and Alagoas.

Habitat:

Lives in humid lowland forest but occasionally visits lower montane slopes, secondary forest canopy in otherwise open country, also will visit fruiting trees in cleared areas. Up to 800m (2624 ft).

Wild Diet:

Eats fruits of Sondius lutea and Rapanea schwackeana.

Ecology and Behaviour:

May be seasonally locally nomadic in response to food availabliity. Seen in pairs or small flocks of up to 15 birds. Stays in upper canopy of forest.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not available

Breeding Season:

Not available

Related Links:

Cornell Neotropical Unit
Arkive

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Golden-tailed Parrotlet
© Arthur Grosset | http://www.arthurgrosset.com

Did You Know?

Parrotlets are the smallest of the New World (South American) parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit surdus

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