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Slaty-headed Parakeet

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Male front, Female backPhoto by Alok Tewari Dalhousie, Alt. 2100 Meters, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014
Male front, Female back
Photo by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, Alt. 2100 Meters, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014
Psittacula himalayana

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[edit] Identification

39–41 cm (15¼-16 in)

  • Slate-gray head
  • Black half collar
  • Yellowish-green overall plumage
  • Yellow bill, upper mandible has a red tip

Male has long central tail feathers

JuvenilePhoto by Alok Tewari Sat Tal, Alt. 1680 Meters, Uttarakhand, India, April 2015
Juvenile
Photo by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal, Alt. 1680 Meters, Uttarakhand, India, April 2015

Juvenile

  • Greyish-green face
  • Green head with faint pale green stripe below cheeks to hindcrown
  • Short tail
  • Orange bill
  • Grey eye

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found from Himalayas (Afghanistan to northern India, Nepal and western Assam)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Subtropical deciduous and coniferous woodlands, particularly with Deodar Cedar Cedrus deodara. Cultivated areas. Observed at heights around 2100 m (7000 ft) above msl.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of a variety of fruits, berries and seeds.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call given by a group sitting in the canopy, then flying-off.


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Dalhousie, Dist. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, alt. 2100 m (6900 ft) above MSL, India, June-2014
One below is the recording of high-pitched calls given by a female sitting on top of a tall tree.

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Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2017.
Both recordings by Alok Tewari

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)
  3. World Parrot Trust

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