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Parakeet, Plum-headed
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Psittacula cyanocephala
Asia, Bangladesh, Global, India, Nepal, Pakistan, PakistanIndiaBanghladesh, Sri Lanka Read more
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The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be fairly common in Nepal and generally common in India (del Hoyo et al. 1997). ...
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The Plum-headed Parakeet is a mainly green parrot, 33 cm long with a tail up to 22 cm. The male has a red head which shades to purple-blue on the back of the crown, nape and cheeks. There is a narrow black neck collar with verdigris below on the nape and a black chin stripe that extends from the lower mandible. There is a red shoulder patch and the rump and tail are bluish-green, the latter tipped white. The upper mandible is orangish-yellow, and the lower mandible is dark. The female has a dull bluish grey head and lacks the black and verdigris collar which is replaced by yellow. The upper-mandible is corn-yellow and there is no black chin stripe or red shoulder patch. Immature birds have a green head and both mandibles are yellowish. The dark head is acquired after a year.[ 2] [ 3] [ 4] The delicate bluish red appearance resembling the bloom of a peach is produced by a combination of blue from the optical effects produced by the rami of the feather and a red pigment in the barbules.[ 5] ...
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