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Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet Touit purpuratus

  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Andrew Whittaker

The Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet probably overlaps reasonably extensively over its reasonably broad northern and central Amazonian range with the Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet (Touit huetii). The present species occurs from southern Venezuela and the Guianas in the north south to the northeast Brazilian state of Maranhão, and west to southeast Colombia and northeast Peru. The Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet is principally green with a brown cap and scapulars, a blue wing bend and rump, and red outer tail feathers. It is found largely in tropical lowland forest, including seasonally flooded areas and savannas, although the species also occurs to 1400 m in southern Venezuela, and the Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet has been observed feeding on a handful of different fruit species, but in general there are very few data concerning its biology.

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© Curtis Marantz

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

Recommended Citation

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