Nicobar parakeet

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Nicobar parakeet
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Psittacula
P. caniceps
Binomial name
Psittacula caniceps
(Blyth, 1846)

The Nicobar parakeet (Psittacula caniceps), also known as the Blyth's parakeet, is a parrot in the genus Psittacula, endemic to the Nicobar Islands of the Indian Ocean. It is one of the largest parakeets, measuring 56 to 60 cm from the top of the head to the tip of the tail and weighing about 224 g.[2]


It is predominantly green with a yellowish-grey head and prominent black facial markings. It has a black stripe from the forehead to the eyes and a broad black band extending from the lower mandible to the sides of the neck. The upper mandible is red in males and black in females, while the lower mandible is black in both sexes.[2][3]

It is listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Very little is known about its ecology.[1]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Psittacula caniceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b del Hoyo, Josep; Nigel J., Collar; David A., Christie; Andrew, Elliot; and Lincoln D.C., Fishpool (2014). HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 8496553949.
  3. ^ Forshaw, Joseph M.; Knight, Frank (2010). Parrots of the World. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0643100571.

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