Showing posts with label Parakeet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parakeet. Show all posts

Plum-headed Parakeet Pictures and Detail (Psittacula cyanocephala) Very Friendly Parrots

Plum-headed Parakeet, Parrot,
Plum-headed Parakeet Pair

Plum-headed Parakeet Pictures and Detail (Psittacula cyanocephala)


Plum-headed Parakeet are third parakeets after Rose-ringed Parakeet (Indian Parrot)  and Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrot) which I am going to share with you. Recently, I discovered that a parrot was trying to get my attention. At first look, I thought that it may be a slaty-headed parakeet; however, on closer inspection, I noticed that this parrot has a pinkish head.

On some search, I found that it is a Plum-headed Parakeet which is mostly found from the foothills of Himalaya to Srilanka. In Plum-headed Parakeet, the male Parakeet has a pinkish head while female parakeet has a gray head. 


Plum-headed Parakeet
These Parakeets are very good in flying and they can make quick twists and turns. The male Plum-headed Parakeets are bigger in size and are more colorful than female Plum-headed parakeets.
Plum-headed Parakeet, Parakeet,
Plum-headed parakeet

The Plum-headed Parakeet has a red head with shades of Purple and blue while female plum-headed parakeet has a blueish-gray head. Like the rose ringed parrots, we can find a thin black collar on male plum-headed parakeet which is missing in female parakeets while we can see a light yellow collar in female plum-headed parakeets. We can also notice a small red patch on the wings of male Plum-headed Parakeet and this is the best way to recognize them. Their tail is blue in color and it is around 22 cm long.
Love making Plum-headed Prakeet

Plum-headed parakeets are found in most of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka except the dry places. We can find these birds in forests, woodlands and sometimes, we may find them near urban areas. These parakeets may show some movement in the search of fruits and blossoms. Like the other parakeets, they also eat grains, seeds, fruits, berries, flower petals.
Plum-headed parakeet
Plum-headed Parakeet
These parakeets are very friendly in nature; therefore, many people keep them as pets. Due to decreasing natural habits, the numbers of these birds are decreasing; though, they are still not under the list of threatened birds. These parakeets are mostly found in flocks or groups, however, during mating season, we can find them in pairs.
Plum-headed parakeet
Pair of Plum-headed prakeet

Plum-headed Parakeets are capable of talking when trained; however, some of them may not learn to talk. If they become successful in talking then we can hear a clear and loud sound.

I found Plum-headed Parakeets very interesting and hope to take their more pictures in future. 

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

Video Presentation of Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parrot) Pics-

 

Rose-ringed (Indian) Parakeet (Parrot) Pictures and Detail (Psittacula krameri)

Indian Parrot, Asking for food
An Indian Parrot (Rose-Ringed) asking for food 



Rose-ring (Indian) Parakeet (Parrot) (Psittacula krameri) Pictures and Detail 


Indian Parrot (Parakeet) is something you see very often if you are Indian. Indian Parrot or Rose-ringed Parrot is commonly put in cages and made pets across India. Indian Parrot is the bird which surprised me in my childhood. 

When I was 6-7 year old, then in our neighborhood, one family used to have a pet Indian Parrot. The good thing about this parrot was that it was able to speak few names. As a child, this thing surprised me very much. 
Parakeet, Parrot, Indian, Rose-ringed
Rose Ringed Indian Parrot (Parakeet) 
In India, we can easily see Rose-ringed Parakeet around us and even they come to our homes and rooftop when we start feeding birds. The above picture I took in the morning (22/3/2015) when this parrot came near me and searching for food because it is common in our family to feed birds. 

Parakeet, Parrot, Rose-ringed,
Rose-ringed Parrot
Indian parrots are called Rose-ringed because of the red colored ring around their neck. Green color is my favorite so I like these birds very much. When I was not aware of other birds, then I used to think that these birds are the most beautiful birds in nature. 

We are feeding them in open from last many years because I don't like to put them in cages. We spread few Bajra seeds on our rooftop in the morning and many birds, including rose-ringed parakeet come their eat Bajra. 

Parrot, Bajra
Rose-ringed Parrot eating Bajra
Anyone can attract Parrots and other birds to their home by feeding them grains like Bajra. Parrots also do love fruits and then always look for trees with ripe fruits.

Indian Parrots are mostly not loved by farmer and fruit growers because they eat lots of their products and causes them big loses.

Parrots mainly eat fruits, buds, vegetables, berries, seeds, grains and nuts. Though, Indian Parakeets have also adapted to eat new age foods like Parrots eating Corn Flakes in the picture below.

Corn Flakes, Parrot,
Indian Parakeets eating Corn flakes

Rose-ring or red ring around neck is not present on young parakeets and it appears as they become adult.

There is a total of 372 species of parrots around the world which is a quite big number and many species have already become extinct. The good news is that Rose-ringed Parakeets are put in least concern and there is no threat to these birds at present.

Below, You can see the picture of Slaty-headed Parakeet (Himalayan Parakeet). I took their pictures in Himachal Pradesh. 
Tree, Branch, Parrots, Slaty-headed Parakeet
Two Slaty-headed Himalayan Parrots on same Tree Branch
The world of Parakeet (parrots) is very big and colorful. I love these birds and hope that many of our future generations will keep on seeing them.

It is a very enjoyable experience to capture pictures of these birds in the wildness and fields. In the picture below you can see a parrot in fields looking for food in the crop.

Rose-ringed, Parrot, Fields,
A Rose-ringed Parrot in fields