Lilac-tailed Parrotlet (Touit batavica)

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Touit batavica | [authority] Boddaert, 1783 | [UK] Lilac-tailed Parrotlet | [FR] Toui a sept couleurs | [DE] Siebenfarben-Papagei | [ES] Cotorrita Sietecolores | [NL] Zevenkleurenpapegaai


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Touit batavicus SA n


Genus Touit or parrotlets are small, stocky birds with short, square tails. The tail feathers are broad and have slightly pointed tips. The bill is proportionately large, though rather narrow. This genus is distinguished chiefly by the long upper and under tail-coverts, which reach to the tip of the tail. Parrotlets of the genus Touit are found in Central and South America and seem generally to occur at very low densities, and their inconspicuous habits make it even harder to find.

Physical charateristics

Green Head with yellow front. Black back with a yellow green band tipped blue across the wing coverts. The edge of wing pinkish-red; breast bluish-green becoming yellowish-green on abdomen; under wing-coverts blue with yellow and red markings near edge of wing; underside of flight feathers bluish-green. Lilac tail with a black band. Green underparts. Pink feet and bill yellowish grey. Both sexes are alike. Immature are similar to the adults but yellow to cheeks less extensive; blue tips to greater wing-coverts darker. Their length is approximately 14 cm.

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South America : North


Dense forest and secondary vegetation in tropical and sub-tropical zone to 1,700 m; avoids open areas.


Breeding season from February to March; nests in hollow branches or trees. Also uses woodpecker holes or arboreal termite mounds, in one case at 4 meter height. Clutch size is 5 to 6 eggs. No further data.

Feeding habits

Diet consists of flowers, nectar, fruits, buds, berries and seeds foraged in canopy.

Video Lilac-tailed Parrotlet


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This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Ranges from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana north to Merida, Venezuela
Lilac-tailed Parrotlet status Least Concern


Resident throughout range, but may wander outside the breeding season.

Distribution map

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet distribution range map

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