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Plum Headed Parakeet

Psittacula cyanocephala


On the left is male and other one's female.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 while the female has blueish-gray head. 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.

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Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 6 months ago

Thanks Michael!

Michael Sarill
Michael Sarill 6 months ago

Wonderful notes, Ashutosh!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Spotted by
Ashutosh Dudhatra

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Lat: 24.59, Long: 73.71

Spotted on Aug 6, 2019
Submitted on Aug 6, 2019

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