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Tepui Parrotlet

 (Nannopsittaca panychlora)

Also known as: Roraima Parrotlet

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Did You Know?

The tepuis or table mountains in the south of Venezuela belong to one of the earth's oldest geologic formations, the "Guyana Shield." The climate on their plateaus differs greatly from that of the surrounding areas, thus isolating the flora and fauna on them.

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Related publications: Nannopsittaca panychlora

Species Profile

Genus: Nannopsittaca | Species: panychlora

Size:

14cm (5.5 in)

Weight:

42g.

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults mainly green in colour; area around eye green/yellow, more so under eye; yellow wash on forehead, lores and chin, less evident in female; black bend of wing; pale yellow carpal edge. Bill dusky brown. Eye dark brown.

Colour Juvenile:

Undescribed, but thought to be like adults.

Call:

Calls made in flight are continuous, high-pitched tinkling notes, not unlike the jangling of a chain.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
Dictionary.com
Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 134920, Tepui Parrotlet Nannopsittaca panychlora, O'Shea, Brian, Guyana, Apr. 11 2001, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition

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Illustration of Tepui Parrotlet
© J G Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The tepuis or table mountains in the south of Venezuela belong to one of the earth's oldest geologic formations, the "Guyana Shield." The climate on their plateaus differs greatly from that of the surrounding areas, thus isolating the flora and fauna on them.

Academic Research

Related publications: Nannopsittaca panychlora

Species Care

Captive Status:

Extremely rare; probably not kept outside of South America.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Walk-in aviary 3 x 1 x 2m (9.8 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft), planted, with many perches as parrotlets are agile and good fliers.

Diet:

Seed mix such as: wheat, oats, canary, millet and some sunflower; millet spray, dry or sprouted; fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; half ripened maize; berries such as: rose hips, mountain ash, Pyracantha; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; complete kibble for small hookbills if taken.

Enrichment:

Provide bird-safe, unsprayed branches such as fir, pine, willow, elder or saskatoon. Provide ladders, swings and ropes for climbing.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

Not recorded.

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Illustration of Tepui Parrotlet
© J G Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The tepuis or table mountains in the south of Venezuela belong to one of the earth's oldest geologic formations, the "Guyana Shield." The climate on their plateaus differs greatly from that of the surrounding areas, thus isolating the flora and fauna on them.

Academic Research

Related publications: Nannopsittaca panychlora

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

May have declined on the Paria Peninsula due to deforestation.

Range:

SE Venezuela, scattered in tepuis of E Bolivar, including forests of La Gran Sabana and nearby Kamarang River region, W Guyana; also Venezuelan populations in C and S Amazonas and north on Cerro Humo and Cerro Papelon, Sucre. May occur in N Roraima, Brazil.

Habitat:

Found from 750-1850m (2460-6068 ft) in moist montane forest in upper tropical and subtropical zones; also found in lowland areas around the tepuis (table-like mountains found only in the Guyana highlands).

Wild Diet:

Feeds on Ficus figs and the fruits of other trees.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious, usually seen in flocks of 100 or more. Makes local or seasonal movements. Probably roosts and nests high on mountain slopes. Difficult to detect while resting or feeding.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

Not recorded.

Related Links:

AvianWeb
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds

Click photo to visit gallery

Illustration of Tepui Parrotlet
© J G Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The tepuis or table mountains in the south of Venezuela belong to one of the earth's oldest geologic formations, the "Guyana Shield." The climate on their plateaus differs greatly from that of the surrounding areas, thus isolating the flora and fauna on them.

Academic Research

Related publications: Nannopsittaca panychlora

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