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Malabar Parakeet  

Also Known As: Blue-winged Parakeet
 
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Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides)

Credit: © Zahir T. Rana | http://www.psittaculaworld.com


 
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Species Profile
Genus:
Psittacula

Species:
columboides

Size: Adult Weight:
38cm (14.8 in) 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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Content Sources:

Psittacula World http://home.wanadoo.nl/psittaculaworld/Species/P-columboides.htm

Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E196.htm&Pic=196_1.JPG

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1537&m=0

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.