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PLUM HEADED PARAKEET(MALE)

Psittacula cyanocephala

Description:

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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4 Comments

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

Awesome !!

harsuame
harsuame 7 years ago

Nice::

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

great capture... rare beauty in flight....

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 7 years ago

nice.....

IqbalSiddiqui
Spotted by
IqbalSiddiqui

India

Spotted on Nov 11, 2012
Submitted on Nov 11, 2012

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