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Slaty-headed Parakeet

 (Psittacula himalayana)

Also known as: Himalayan Slaty-headed Parakeet, Hodgson's Parakeet

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Closeup of Slaty-headed Parakeet
© Dr. Vijay Anand Ismavel MS, MCh

Did You Know?

In E Afghanistan the Slaty-headed Parakeet will most often make its nest in the old dwelling of the Scaly-bellied Woodpecker. They will also have nests close together with several other pairs.

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Related publications: Psittacula himalayana

Species Profile

Genus: Psittacula | Species: himalayana

Size:

40cm (15.6 in)

Weight:

125g (4.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general green with blue tint; dark grey head with blue tint; black chin and wide stripe across lower cheeks; fine black line around hindneck; band around hindneck under black line green/blue; patch on inner median wing coverts deep maroon in males, missing in females; long central tail feathers in male, shorter in female; green at base of tail becoming deep blue and widely tipped with bright yellow. Red upper mandible, pale yellow lower. Eye pale yellow.

Colour Juvenile:

Grey/green face, remainder of head dull green with faint pale green stripe below cheeks to hindcrown; maroon wing patch absent; short tail. Bill orange. Eye grey.

Call:

Calls made in flight are shrill and high-pitched. High-pitched short notes and prolonged whine while at rest. Also variety of softer, musical sounds.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 766, Slaty-headed Parakeet Psittacula himalayana, King, Ben, Nepal, October 1976, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Click photo to visit gallery

Closeup of Slaty-headed Parakeet
© Dr. Vijay Anand Ismavel MS, MCh

Did You Know?

In E Afghanistan the Slaty-headed Parakeet will most often make its nest in the old dwelling of the Scaly-bellied Woodpecker. They will also have nests close together with several other pairs.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula himalayana

Species Care

Captive Status:

Fairly common in Australia, less so elsewhere.

Longevity:

About 15-17 yrs

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; soaked or sprouted sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from: hardboiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, pear, banana, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Provide bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, fir, pine, elder and willow branches; wooden and vegetable tanned leather toys, ladders, swings, different sized perches and puzzle/foraging toys.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log 10" x 24" (25.4cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

4-5

Incubation Time:

23-24 days

Fledging Age:

7 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Probably 5g (0.2 oz).

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Closeup of Slaty-headed Parakeet
© Dr. Vijay Anand Ismavel MS, MCh

Did You Know?

In E Afghanistan the Slaty-headed Parakeet will most often make its nest in the old dwelling of the Scaly-bellied Woodpecker. They will also have nests close together with several other pairs.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula himalayana

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None at present.

Range:

Himalayas from E Afghanistan and N Pakistan east through N India and Nepal to Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, and N Assam, north of Brahmaputra River.

Habitat:

Found 460-2400m (1509-7872 ft) in highland forest, hillside and steep valley woodlands.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on cultivated and wild fruits, nuts, berries, pinenuts, acorns, nectar and seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Generally seen in small flocks or family groups, with larger gatherings recorded at end of monsoon season. Will mix readily with Ringneck, Blossom-headed and Plum-headed Parakeets.

Clutch and Egg Size:

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

Breeding Season:

March-May

Related Links:

Wikipedia

Click photo to visit gallery

Closeup of Slaty-headed Parakeet
© Dr. Vijay Anand Ismavel MS, MCh

Did You Know?

In E Afghanistan the Slaty-headed Parakeet will most often make its nest in the old dwelling of the Scaly-bellied Woodpecker. They will also have nests close together with several other pairs.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacula himalayana

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