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Derbyan Parakeet

 (Psittacula derbiana)

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

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Male Derbyan Parakeet
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Did You Know?

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

Colour 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.

Colour 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.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Lexicon of Parrots
Busch Gardens/Sea World Adventure Camps
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
xeno-canto Lord Derby's Parakeet, Szczypinski, Piotr, XC335904
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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Male Derbyan Parakeet
© Doug Janson

Did You Know?

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 and 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 recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Male Derbyan Parakeet
© Doug Janson

Did You Know?

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:

Unknown, decreasing.

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 collection of eggs and trapping occur in a very organized way locally.

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

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Male Derbyan Parakeet
© Doug Janson

Did You Know?

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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