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Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet

 (Touit purpuratus)

Also known as: Guiana Parrotlet

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The Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet nests in a variety of places, including arboreal termitaria, or termite nests in trees.

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Species Profile

Genus: Touit | Species: purpuratus

Size:

17cm (6.6 in)

Weight:

54-66g (1.9-2.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: T.p. purpurata, T.p. viridiceps

Colourization Adult:

T.p. purpuratus: Male-olive/brown crown and occiput; brownish tinge on ear coverts; dark brown, v-shaped band on scapulars and tertials; cobalt blue lower back and rump; violet/blue carpal edge; green underwing coverts; green central tail feathers tipped with black, with violet tipped, black margined lateral feathers. Bill olive/yellow with grey at base. Eye ring grey. Eye yellow//brown. Female-scapulars and tertials paler brown; lateral tail feathers banded with green before tips and black at tips; outer webs of lateral tail feathers missing black margins.
T.p. viridiceps: Both adults green crown, occiput and nape.

Colourization Juvenile:

T.p. purpuratus: As in adult female, but in general duller in colour; olive/brown rump, with minimal or no blue feathers.

Call:

Calls are distinctive; in flight are nasal and hornlike. Also emits a three-syllable note series.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 113061, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet Touit purpurata, Marantz, Curtis, Para, Brazil, Sep. 6 1998, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition

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The Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet nests in a variety of places, including arboreal termitaria, or termite nests in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit purpuratus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not generally found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Tall, planted aviary, minimum temperature 20C (68F).

Diet:

Fruits such as: banana, figs, oranges, apples, pears, tropical fruits, comprising 50 percent or more of diet; berries such as: mountain ash, blackberries, elder, pyracantha; lory food, commercial or homemade; vegetables such as: carrot, corn on the cob, celery, peas in the pod, green beans; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, dandelion, chickweed and sowthistle; half-ripe seeds; sprouted millet, canary grass seed, oats, barley and some sunflower; vitamin and mineral supplements.

Enrichment:

Provide lots of browse and plantings in aviary. Provide lots of places for this bird to hide.

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

3-5

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Did You Know?

The Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet nests in a variety of places, including arboreal termitaria, or termite nests in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit purpuratus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Deforestation and loss of habitat is a threat to this species.

Range:

T.p. purpuratus: Guianas, N Brazil between Amapa and Sao Luis district, N Maranhao, west to lower Rio Negro in NE Amazonas, and S Venezuela, in SE Bolivar and S Amazonas, east of Cerro Duida.
T.p. viridiceps: Upper Rio Negro catchment in NW Amazonas, N Brazil, and west of Cerro Duida in S Amazonas, and S Venezuela, west to SE Colombia, south from Putumayo, W Caqueta and Rio Guaviare in Vaupes and Guainia, to NE Peru and E Ecuador.

Habitat:

Seen up to 1200m (3936 ft) in lowland humid terra firme and varzea forest, savanna and more open woodland.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruits and Ficus figs.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are gregarious, generally seen in groups of 12-40 birds. Forages mainly in upper canopy but observed in lower bushes and occasionally on ground.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-5 eggs

Breeding Season:

November-April

Related Links:

Cornell Neotropical Unit

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The Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet nests in a variety of places, including arboreal termitaria, or termite nests in trees.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit purpuratus

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