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Derbyan Parakeet

 (Psittacula derbiana)

Also known as: Lord Derby's Parakeet, Derby's Parakeet

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Derbyan Parakeet perched on branch
© Jamie Gilardi

Did You Know?

This elegant group of birds, the Asiatic or Asian Parakeets, have tails that are just as long or longer than the length of their bodies.

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Species Profile

Genus: Psittacula | Species: derbiana

Size:

50cm (19.5 in)

Weight:

320g (11.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-black lower cheeks and forehead stripe extending to eyes; forecrown washed bright blue, becoming blue/green around eyes; rest of head blue/purple; upperparts green; area from throat to lower abdomen lilac/purple; inner middle and secondary wing coverts dull green/yellow forming patch on wing when folded; tail blue tinged with green near base; upper mandible red, lower black. Eye pale yellow.  Female-blue on forecrown absent; throat to lower abdomen area duller grey/violet; pink stripe from behind lower cheeks up to hindcrown, black lower cheeks; shorter tail. Bill black.

Colourization Juvenile:

Head and throat areas to lower abdomen grey/green, with some feathers margined dull purple/blue; black facial markings more grey; tail short. Bill orange.  Eye grey.

Call:

Calls in flight raucous, loud and metallic sounding; also calls resembling that of crows and ravens. Contact calls carry some distance.

Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

AvianWeb
Psittacula World

Content Sources:

Busch Gardens/Sea World Adventure Camps
Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.
J. Eaton in litt. 2010, Zeidler and Francis 2011.

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Derbyan Parakeet perched on branch
© Jamie Gilardi

Did You Know?

This elegant group of birds, the Asiatic or Asian Parakeets, have tails that are just as long or longer than the length of their bodies.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula derbiana

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon; limited breeding.

Longevity:

15-20 yrs

Housing:

Walk-in aviary, minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft), built without wood.

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate, cactus fruits, etc, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green peas and beans, corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix with canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat and safflower; limited sunflower seed soaked or sprouted; cooked beans and pulses; limited cubed hard cheese; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Provide lots of bird safe chew items (branches, sterilized pine cones, fir, pine, vegetable tanned leather toys). Provide shallow bathing dish.

Nest Box Size:

Nest and roosting log with 10" (25.4cm) internal diameter and 24" (61cm) height.

Clutch Size:

2 to 4

Incubation Time:

23 days

Fledging Age:

7-8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Click photo to visit gallery

Derbyan Parakeet perched on branch
© Jamie Gilardi

Did You Know?

This elegant group of birds, the Asiatic or Asian Parakeets, have tails that are just as long or longer than the length of their bodies.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula derbiana

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Near-threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The species was formerly threatened by the loss of breeding habitat; however, this threat eased in the 1990s, but old growth trees are still used for housing and firewood. Recent observations show that this species has been heavily trapped, and eggs have been collected for the pet trade, in a very organized way locally. The species is openly sold and widely kept as a pet in its natural range.

Range:

E Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau, from Arunachal Pradesh, NE India, and SE Tibet, east in Tsangpo River valley, to SW China in SE Xizang, SW Sichuan and W Yunnan. Isolated group 50km from Simao, Yunnan, S China.

Habitat:

Found in highland forest from 2700-4000m (8856-13,120 ft). Seen in coniferous or mixed Pinus and Quercus forest, also from alpine Rhododendron growth areas. Also reported in cultivated valleys at harvest.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on barley, maize, catkins of Populus ciliata, pine cones and cultivated fruits. Possibly eats insects, leaf-buds and berries.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious; found in noisy, boisterous flocks of up to several dozen individuals. Rarely seen in pairs or singles.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 to 4 eggs, 36.0 x 27.5mm (1.4 x 1.1 in)

Breeding Season:

June

Related Links:

Wikipedia
BirdLife International

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Derbyan Parakeet perched on branch
© Jamie Gilardi

Did You Know?

This elegant group of birds, the Asiatic or Asian Parakeets, have tails that are just as long or longer than the length of their bodies.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula derbiana

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