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Malabar Parakeet

 (Psittacula columboides)

Also known as: Blue-winged Parakeet

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Female Malabar Parakeet in the wild
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Species Profile

Genus: Psittacula | Species: columboides

Size:

38cm (14.8 in)

Weight:

Not available

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-Grey head and upperparts; green and cheeks; area around eyes green; blue tinge on forecrown; black chin and stripe on lower cheeks; black collar encircling hindneck, bordered below by green/blue band; green/blue lower back to upper tail coverts; green upper wing coverts scalloped with yellow/green; yellow/green underparts washed with pale blue; blue central tail feathers tipped with yellow, the side tail feathers green tipped with yellow; red upper mandible tipped with yellow, brown lower mandible. Eye yellow.  Female-Green/blue band around hindneck absent; green on face and forecrown minimal; pale green mantle, breast and abdomen, often suffused with grey. Bill black.

Colourization Juvenile:

Grey of head and upper parts green instead; black stripe across cheeks and around collar duller and narrower; blue/green band under black stripe absent. Bill pale orange in very young birds. Eye grey.

Call:

Calls are discordant and shrieky; also scolding. Also sharp notes repeated in short bursts.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Psittacula World
Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

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Female Malabar Parakeet in the wild
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Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

3 x 1 x 2m (9.8 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) outside aviary in warm temperatures, with adjoining inside aviary, or walk-in avairy minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft). Use metal construction.

Diet:

Seed mix of safflower, millet, canary, buckwheat and some sunflower; millet spray; fruits such as: apple, pear, banana, cactus fruits, orange; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, peppers, green beans and peas in the pod; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion and chickweed; egg food for rearing; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Bird-safe (unsprayed and non-toxic) branches with blossoms, pine, elder, willow and fir boughs, vegetable-tanned leather toys and wood block toys. Light bather, so provide overhead misters or shallow water bowls.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 9" x 9" x 24" (22.8cm x 22.8cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

4

Incubation Time:

23 days

Fledging Age:

6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Psittacula World

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Female Malabar Parakeet in the wild
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Academic Research

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Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Wild bird trade and habitat loss possibly causing a decline.

Range:

Western Ghats, India from lat. 19N south to S Kerala.

Habitat:

Found from 450-1000m (1476-3280 ft) in upland evergreen rainforest, both primary and secondary. Also found in deciduous forest with bamboo and abandoned coffee and rubber plantations.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds, fruits, particularly wild figs, buds, flowers and nectar. May take sorghum and fruit crops.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in family groups or small flocks. Associates with Plum-headed Parakeet at lower elevations.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4 spherical eggs, 28.0 x 24.5mm (1.1 x 0.9 in).

Breeding Season:

January-March

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Arkive

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Female Malabar Parakeet in the wild
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Related publications: Psittacula columboides

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