The Slaty-headed Parakeet Pictures and Detail (Himalayan Parrot) (Psittacula himalayana)

Slaty-headed Parakeet, Himalayan Parrot
Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrot) 

The Slaty-headed Parakeet Pictures and Detail (Himalayan Parrot) (Psittacula himalayana)

Before this article, I wrote about Rose-ringed Parakeet (Indian Parrot) which is a common species of parrots found in the plains of India. At that time, I was not aware that there are 372 types of Parakeet species around the world.  

When I captured the pictures of Slaty-headed Parakeet, then I found that there is a color variation from common Parrots of Plains and Himalayan Parrots are more colorful.

The Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrots) are called so because of the slaty color of their head region. 

Slaty-headed parakeet, Himalayan Parrot, pain
Pair of Slaty-headed Parakeet

These parrots mainly found in Himalayan range from Pakistan to Arunachal Pradesh in India including Bhutan and Nepal. Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrot) show altitudinal migration which means they migrate to higher peaks in summer and lower heights in winters. 

Slaty-headed parakeet, Down Swing, Wings open
Slaty-headed parakeet enjoy down swing

Though, parrots are noisy in nature, but I feel these Himalayan parrots are more noisy and active than Rose-ringed Parrots of the plains. The tail of the Slaty-headed Parakeet is more colorful than Rose-ringed Parrots. 

The eating habits of these parrots are same as of Rose-ringed Parrots, they eat grains, buds, jungle berries, fruits, vegetable, nuts etc. Himalayan Parrots are less dependable of humans for their meal as compared to urban (rose-ringed parrots) because they find most of their food themselves.

Backside, Slaty-headed parrot
Backside of Slaty-headed Parrot

To see slaty-headed parrots, one need to visit a high altitude region in Himalaya. I took these pictures 10-12 KM away from Baijnath in Himachal Pradesh. 

In the picture below, you can see the flight of a slaty-headed Parakeet
Flying, Slaty-headed Parakeet
Flight of a Slaty-headed parakeet

The Himalayan Parrots are more shy as compared to Parrots of Plains in India; therefore, you need to run lot to capture their pics. 

These parrots, like parrots of plains are not liked by farmers because they come in groups and destroy a good portion of the crop. Below in the picture, you can see Slaty-headed parakeet eating maize from a maize field. 

Slaty-headed Parakeet, Maize
Slaty-headed parakeet eating maize
Though, Himalayan live and come in a group, but it is common to see them fighting with each other which you can see in the picture below. 

Slaty-headed parakeet, PArrot fight
Slaty-headed Parakeet Fighting

It is a great experience to capture pictures of wild Himalayan Parrots and learn about their life.

Front Pic, Slaty-headed Parakeet, Himalyan parrot
Slaty-headed Parakeet
Below find another pic showing the beautiful flight of Himalyan parrot.

Slated-headed, parrot, Himalayan parrot,
Flying Himalyan Parrot

I hope to capture more Slaty-headed (Himalayan) parakeet pictures in future. 

All Pics taken by Arvind Katoch

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