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Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Roy Halpin
Amazon Basin, Ecuador, November 2004
Touit hueti


15-16 cm.

  • Green plumage, paler on underparts
  • Dark face with white eyering, olive-brown crown and nape
  • Dark blue upperwing-coverts with red shoulders
  • Black primaries
  • Yellow undertail-coverts, uppertail red, green in centre

Females similar but with greenish yellow instead of red in tail and black tips. Immatures like female but without the dark face.


Photo by Michael Hooper
Napo River, Ecuador, May 2011

Patchily distributed in northern South America: from Venezuela and adjacent Guyana (maybe also Suriname) disjunctly to Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru to northern Bolivia. Also in eastern Amazonian Brazil. It's unclear if the gaps in the range are genuine.
Uncommon to rare, however probably more common as the species lives in remote areas and is highly unobtrusive. Recently found in northern Parà, Brazil.


This is a monotypic species.


Tropical lowland forest, mainly terra firme forest but also in seasonally flooded várzea forest.
Occurs usually up to 900 m, sometimes up to 1300 m.



No information.


Breeding evidence in Venezuela in April, birds with young in Brazil indicate breeding from September to December.


Most probably a nomadic species, rarely found in an area more than a few weeks at a time.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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