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  • Nidhi Ramasubramanian

Plum-Headed Parakeet

This brightly coloured parakeet has a beautiful plum, pink and red gradient head in the males. The females have a dull greyish-blue head (not fair!). It has a yellow beak and a bright green body. Its wings are a darker green colour. It is endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Its call is a sharp "twi-twi-twi".




The Plum-Headed Parakeet was thought to be the same species as the Blossom-Headed Parakeet, but this was later revised. These birds are often kept as pets. Escaped birds are found as far away as New York, Florida and the Middle East.


The French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson was the first to describe this bird and used the French name Le perruche and the Latin name Psittaca cyanocephalos. But as he didn't name it according to the binomial hggftsystem, this name is not recognized by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. In 1766, the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus cited Brisson's work and


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