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Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet

 (Touit huetii)

Also known as: Red-winged Parrotlet, Huet's Parrotlet

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Wild Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlets
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Did You Know?

The Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet is so quiet and shy that individual birds are easily overlooked, whereas whole flocks of these birds suddenly appear in trees, as if out of nowhere.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit huetii

Species Profile

Genus: Touit | Species: huetii

Size:

16cm (6.2 in)

Weight:

60g (2.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-underparts with green and yellow; blue/black face, turning to deep blue on forecheeks; pale olive/brown ear coverts and crown; dull blue thighs; yellow undertail coverts; scarlet bend of wing, underwing coverts and axillary feathers; green central tail feathers widely tipped with black; side tail feathers dark red tipped with black. Bill olive/yellow with grey at base. Eye ring prominent and bare, and white. Eye dark brown.  Female-green/yellow lateral tail feathers with black tips.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female but blue/black on forehead and lores absent.

Call:

Calls made in flight are two-syllable tweeting notes; also nasal, whining notes repeated often.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 113217, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet Touit huetii, Marantz, Curtis, Amazonas, Brazil, Dec. 31 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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Wild Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlets
© Nick Athanas

Did You Know?

The Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet is so quiet and shy that individual birds are easily overlooked, whereas whole flocks of these birds suddenly appear in trees, as if out of nowhere.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit huetii

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Not available

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not available

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

Wild Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlets
© Nick Athanas

Did You Know?

The Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet is so quiet and shy that individual birds are easily overlooked, whereas whole flocks of these birds suddenly appear in trees, as if out of nowhere.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit huetii

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Is declining locally with deforestation. Some local trade.

Range:

Scattered throughout Amazonia, from N Guyana, NE and S Venezuela and S Colombia to N Bolivia. Also in N Brazil south of Amazon River. Possibly in French Guiana and Trinidad.

Habitat:

Seen up to 1200m (3936 ft) in lowland humid forest and forest edge, and understorey. Found chiefly in terra firme forest but also varzea.

Wild Diet:

Fruits, seeds, berries and small nuts.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Is gregarious, sometimes seen in large flocks. Nests communally in dense foliage of upper tree crown.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not available

Breeding Season:

Possibly April-December.

Related Links:

Cornell Neotropical Unit

Click photo to visit gallery

Wild Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlets
© Nick Athanas

Did You Know?

The Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet is so quiet and shy that individual birds are easily overlooked, whereas whole flocks of these birds suddenly appear in trees, as if out of nowhere.

Academic Research

Related publications: Touit huetii

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