Derbyan Parakeet perched on branch
Credit: © Jamie Gilardi
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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.
Races including nominate:
|50cm (19.5 in)
||320g (11.2 oz)
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.
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.
Calls in flight raucous, loud and metallic sounding; also calls resembling that of crows and ravens. Contact calls carry some distance.
Recent Academic Research: Google Scholar - search results
Busch Gardens/Sea World Adventure Camps http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-bytes/animalia/eumetazoa/coelomates/deuterostomes/chordata/craniata/aves/psittaciformes/derbyan-parakeet.htm
Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E199.htm&Pic=199_1.JPG
BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1539&m=0
Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/
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Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
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Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.