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Grey-headed Parakeet

 (Psittacula finschii)

Also known as: Finsch's Parakeet, Eastern Slaty-headed Parakeet, Burmese Slaty-headed Parakeet

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Grey-headed Parakeet
© Ram Shrikhande, taken at Kolhapur, India

Did You Know?

The juveniles of the Slaty-headed Parakeet (P. himalayana) and the Grey-headed Parakeet are virtually indistinguishable.

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Related publications: Psittacula finschii

Species Profile

Genus: Psittacula | Species: finschii

Size:

40cm (15.6 in)

Weight:

120g (4.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults yellow/green in general; dark grey head; black chin and wide stripe across lower cheeks, continuing as thin line around hindneck; inner median wing coverts has small purple/red patch, nearly always missing in female; central tail feathers long (shorter in female); upper tail purple/blue and widely tipped with yellow/white. Red upper mandible, pale yellow lower. Eye pale yellow.

Colourization Juvenile:

Face grey/green; rest of head dull green with faint pale green band below cheeks to hindcrown; wing patch absent; short tail. Bill orange. Eye grey.

Call:

Calls are high-pitched and somewhat harsh. Some shrill screeches at rest; other notes grating. Also more musical notes while perched.

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Video Links:

Video 1

Content Sources:

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, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Grey-headed Parakeet
© Ram Shrikhande, taken at Kolhapur, India

Did You Know?

The juveniles of the Slaty-headed Parakeet (P. himalayana) and the Grey-headed Parakeet are virtually indistinguishable.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula finschii

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 4.5m (13.5 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from: hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, pear, banana, oranges; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; half-ripe maize; rosehips; vitamin C supplement; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Provide bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, fir, pine, willow and elder branches and perches, heat sterilized pine cones, wooden, puzzle, foraging and vegetable tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log 25cm (10 in) internal diameter and 60cm (24 in) high.

Clutch Size:

4-5

Incubation Time:

23-24 days

Fledging Age:

7 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Probably 5g (0.2 oz).

Peak Weight:

Probably 115-125g (4-4.4 oz)

Weaning Weight:

Probably 120g (4.2 oz)

Specialist Club:

Psittacula World

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Grey-headed Parakeet
© Ram Shrikhande, taken at Kolhapur, India

Did You Know?

The juveniles of the Slaty-headed Parakeet (P. himalayana) and the Grey-headed Parakeet are virtually indistinguishable.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula finschii

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Near-threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Declining locally. Threatened by extensive deforestation.

Range:

NE India, in W Arunachal Pradesh, and S Assam, south of Brahmaputra River, east through NE Bangladesh, Burma, N and SW Thailand and Indochina to S China, SE Xizang, and SW Sichuan.

Habitat:

Found up to 2700m (8856 ft) in oak, teak, cedar and pine forest, open wooded hillsides and agricultural land with tall scattered trees.

Wild Diet:

Diet includes leaf buds, seeds, fruits and flowers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen in flocks or family parties, with larger groups reported. Will tolerate lower and more open habitat. Resident, with some seasonal altitudinal movement in response to food availability. Gathers in large flocks at communal roost at dusk.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-5 rounded eggs, 28.5 x 22.0mm (1.1 x 0.8 in).

Breeding Season:

January-March

Related Links:

Psittacula World
Oriental Bird Images
Animal Diversity Web

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Grey-headed Parakeet
© Ram Shrikhande, taken at Kolhapur, India

Did You Know?

The juveniles of the Slaty-headed Parakeet (P. himalayana) and the Grey-headed Parakeet are virtually indistinguishable.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula finschii

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