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Brown-backed Parrotlet  

Also Known As: Black-backed Parrotlet, Black-eared Parrotlet, Wied's Parrotlet
 
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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.

Species Profile
Genus:
Touit

Species:
melanonotus

Size: Adult Weight:
15cm (6 in) 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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Content Sources:

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1636&m=0

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.