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Lilac-tailed Parrotlet  

Also Known As: Seven-colored Parrotlet, Black-winged Parrotlet, Scopoli's Parrotlet
 
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Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela

Credit: © Maria Isabel Fernandez


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

Species Profile
Genus:
Touit

Species:
batavica

Size: Adult Weight:
14cm (5.5 in) 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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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E287.htm&Pic=287_1.JPG

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

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1631&m=0

Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

ML Media Collection Catalogue 8546, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet Touit batavica, Snow, David, Trinidad and Tobago, May 16 1959, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.