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Red-breasted Parakeet

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MalePhoto © by juninho Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India, March 2004
Male
Photo © by juninho
Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India, March 2004
Psittacula alexandri

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[edit] Identification

33–38 cm (13-15 in)

  • Red-tipped yellow bill
  • Bluish-grey head
  • Black line from cere to eye
  • Black chin and lower cheeks
  • Female has black upper mandible

[edit] Distribution

From Nepal and India eastwards to Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina, Hainan and south to Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Female with characteristic black upper mandiblePhoto © by Alok TewariDwarahat, Alt. 5200 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018
Female with characteristic black upper mandible
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 5200 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018

There are 7 subspecies[1]

  • P. a. fasciata:
  • P. a. abbotti:
  • P. a. cala:
  • Simeulue Island (off western Sumatra)
  • P. a. major:
  • Lasia Island and Babi Island (off Sumatra)
  • P. a. alexandri:
  • P. a. kangeanensis:
  • Kangean Islands (Java Sea)
  • P. a. dammermani:
  • Karimunjawa Islands (Java Sea)

[edit] Habitat

MalesPhoto © by SeeTohPulau Punggol Barat, Singapore, December 2014
Males
Photo © by SeeToh
Pulau Punggol Barat, Singapore, December 2014

Moist deciduous forest, forest edges, secondary growth, coconut and teak plantations. Also found in mangroves. Parks and gardens. Observed at heights around 5200 feet.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of nectar and flowers; little else is known at present.

[edit] Breeding

They make their nests in a hollow limb or hole.

[edit] Vocalisation


Listen in an external program
Recording by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 5200 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018
Two individuals were feeding on top of a Eucalyptus tree, one of them calling, first at perch and then as it flew off.
ImmaturePhoto © by Alok TewariDwarahat, Alt. 5200 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018
Immature
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Alt. 5200 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2018

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Birds of the Indian Subcontinent : Richard Grimmett et al, pp202, OUP, Reprint-2014

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