Plum headed parakeet free pictures and information

Plum Headed Parakeet or Psittacula cyanocephala is found in open woodlands and forests of Indian Sub continent (mainly India, Srilanka, Nepal, Bhutan and parts of Pakistan). These parrots are such named because of their plum shaped heads which are reddish-pinkish- purple in case of males and grey in females. 


Birds, Plum headed Parakeet
RG124- Plum Headed Parakeet
It is a green parrot ranging from 30-35 cm in length and weigh 60-80 grams. the tail is about two-third of its length. It also has a thin black neck collar and a black chin stripe. The tail is bluish-green with a white tip. There are red patches on the shoulder. The upper half part of the beak is yellowish-orange while the lower part is dark. The female has a dull blue or grey head and lacks the chin stripe, red shoulder patch and narrow black neck collar. The juveniles resemble a female but the color of head is green, the tail is short and beak is yellow.

The plum headed parakeets nest in tree holes. The breeding season starts in April-May and normally 4-5 eggs are laid. The incubation period is around 3 weeks. The females may become aggressive and may attack any visitors getting too close to the eggs. The females attain maturity at about 18 months of age, while the males become mature by 2-3 years.
The plum headed parakeet mainly feeds on fruits, grains, fleshy parts of flowers in the wild and sprouted sunflower, green leaves, hard-boiled egg, whole grain bread, apple and other fruits, oats, millet etc in captivity. They can live up to 15-25 years.

Although these birds can mimic a few sounds like beeps and whistling sounds, they cannot mimic human speech. Yet they make good pets due to their social and peaceful nature. Their cage should be spacious with a lot of toys to play.

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