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Lilac-tailed Parrotlet

 (Touit batavicus)

Also known as: Seven-colored Parrotlet, Black-winged Parrotlet, Scopoli's Parrotlet

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Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela
© Maria Isabel Fernandez

Did You Know?

The Lilac-tailed Parrotlet nests in an arboreal termitarium (termite mound in a tree).

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit batavicus

Species Profile

Genus: Touit | Species: batavicus

Size:

14cm (5.5 in)

Weight:

58-72g (2-2.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults green/yellow head; brighter yellow with black scalloping on face and nape to sides of neck; black upperparts; rose/red carpal edge; pale blue foreneck tinted green; pale blue/green breast mixing into yellow/green on abdomen to undertail coverts; blue underwing coverts marked with yellow and red near to carpal edge and bordered with black along leading edge; purple central tail feathers; lateral tail feathers purple/lilac and barred with black near tip. Bill olive/yellow with grey at base. Eye ring grey. Eye yellow.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults.

Call:

Calls made in flight are soft and nasal, rising to a high-pitched, whining sound. Before taking flight emits weak, nasal calls, and short trilling or chattering notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 8546, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet Touit batavica, Snow, David, Trinidad and Tobago, May 16 1959, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela
© Maria Isabel Fernandez

Did You Know?

The Lilac-tailed Parrotlet nests in an arboreal termitarium (termite mound in a tree).

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit batavicus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not usually seen in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Keep indoors in cold, wet conditions, minimum temperature 20C (68 F), minimum length 2.1m (7 ft).

Diet:

Lory formula; flowers and buds; tropical fruits such as: mango, guava, papaya; other fruits such as: apple, pear, oranges, pomegranate, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; fresh rose hips, elder and mountain ash berries; sprouted seed mix of safflower, millet, oats, hemp and some sunflower; mineral supplements; fresh non-toxic branches.

Enrichment:

Provide unsprayed, bird-safe variety of branches.

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

Click photo to visit gallery

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela
© Maria Isabel Fernandez

Did You Know?

The Lilac-tailed Parrotlet nests in an arboreal termitarium (termite mound in a tree).

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit batavicus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species may have declined locally owing to deforestation.

Range:

Trinidad, Guianas, and possibly Amapa, N Brazil; also scattered across N Venezuela, reaching N Colombia.

Habitat:

Found up to 1700m (5576 ft) in primary forest or taller secondary growth in tropical and subtropical zones; also may be seen lower down at forest edge and at clearings in dry deciduous and humid forest.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on flowers, fruits and seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen generally in flocks of 10-30 individuals or more outside breeding season. Highly social when feeding and at roost. Keeps to upper stages of canopy, but comes lower in fruiting trees. Continuous chattering while flight.

Clutch and Egg Size:

5-6 almost spherical eggs, 22.0 x 19.5mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

January-March, Trinidad.

Related Links:

Cornell Neotropical Unit

Click photo to visit gallery

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela
© Maria Isabel Fernandez

Did You Know?

The Lilac-tailed Parrotlet nests in an arboreal termitarium (termite mound in a tree).

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit batavicus

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