Plum-headed Parakeet

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Common Name: Plum-headed Parakeet
Scientific Name: Psittacula cyanocephala

Size: 13 inches (33cm)

Habitat: Asia. India (widespread), Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. In Sri Lanka, is common along the foothills in open woodland. In India, is common near cultivated land and in parks and towns. Not as common in Nepal

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: unknown.

Diet: Seeds, fruits, nuts, blossoms and leaf buds. Damage orchards and rice crops

Breeding: India, December to April. Sri Lanka, February to May and again August to September. Nest: Excavate a hole in a tree or enlarge the holes of other birds. Nest together in the same tree or trees close by. Eggs: 4-6. Rounded. Incubated by the female for 24 days. Chicks: Leave the nest 6 weeks after hatching. After the first molt juveniles have plumage similar to the female. Males have full adult plumage in their third year.

Cool Facts: Parakeets are very noisy in flight but quiet when perched. They are swift in flight. Although, they have been seen in large flocks feeding on grain crops, more commonly they are found in small groups. When they return to roost with the flock in trees or bamboo at dusk, they are very noisy until nightfall.

Found in Songbird Remix Parrots of the World

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