Blossom-headed parakeet

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Blossom-headed parakeet
Psittacula roseata - Barraband.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Psittacula
Species:
P. roseata
Binomial name
Psittacula roseata
Biswas, 1951

The blossom-headed parakeet (Psittacula roseata) is a parrot which is a resident breeder in Eastern Bangladesh, Bhutan, Northeast India and Nepal, eastwards into South-east Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam) and also China.[2] It undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit and blossoms which make up its diet.

BlossomHeadedParakeetGould.jpg

It has two subspecies, nominate and juneae Blossom-headed parakeet is a bird of forest and open woodland. It nests in holes in trees, laying 4-5 white eggs.

This is a green parrot, 30 cm long with a tail up to 18 cm. The male's head is pink becoming pale blue on the back of the crown, nape and cheeks. There is a narrow black neck collar and a black chin stripe.

There is a red shoulder patch and the rump and tail are bluish-green, the latter tipped yellow. The upper mandible is yellow, and the lower mandible is dark.

The female has a pale grey head and lacks the black neck collar and chin stripe patch. The lower mandible is pale. Immature birds have a green head and a grey chin. Both mandibles are yellowish and there is no red shoulder patch.

Near Inthanon Highland Resort - Thailand

The different head colour and the yellow tip to the tail distinguish this species from the similar plum-headed parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala).

Blossom-headed parakeet is a gregarious and noisy species with range of raucous calls.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Psittacula roseata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ http://oldredlist.iucnredlist.org/details/22685486/0

External links[edit]