Lilac-tailed Parrotlet Touit batavicus

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The Lilac-tailed Parrotlet is a small, bright parrot of forest and clearings in Venezuela, the Guianas, and Trinidad and Tobago. It is strikingly-patterned with black upperparts, bright yellow-green upperwing coverts, a yellow-green head, a violet tail, and a blue breast. This species appears to move seasonally, as wanderers occur in coastal areas and significant movements have been observed at Portachuelo Pass in Venezuela between August and November. Like many other small parrots, it feeds on fruits, seeds, nectar, buds, and flowers and nests in a tree cavity or hole in a termitarium.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Lilac-tailed Parrotlet (Touit batavicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: