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Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet  

Also Known As: Guiana Parrotlet

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Credit: (c) Steve Milpacher

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

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
17cm (6.6 in) 54-66g (1.9-2.3 oz)

Races including nominate:
two: T.p. purpurata, T.p. viridiceps

Colourization Adult: T.p. purpurata: 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. purpurata: 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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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots


BirdLife International

ML Media Collection Catalogue 113061, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet Touit purpurata, Marantz, Curtis, Para, Brazil, Sep. 6 1998, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.