The plum-headed and blossom-headed parakeets can be confusing at first. There are quite a few photos and videos marked incorrectly which I guess is due to that fact that plum-headed(Psittacula cyanocephala) was sometimes known by the name of blossom-headed parakeet. But blossom-headed is now used to refer only to Psittacula roseata. Lets us look at the main points that can clear up the confusion.
Head&Neck Color: The plum-headed parakeet’s head is deep read nearing maroon. The hind parts of the head is a deep purple-blue i.e. just like a plum. The neck below the black neck band is a different color from the rest of the body – it is a greenish-blue. The blossom-headed parakeet on the hand has a very pale pink head, Its hind head is marked by a very pale ,almost whitish blue. The neck below the black neck ring is same green as the rest of the body.
Dear friend, I hope these roses placed side by side will help you remember how differently their heads are colored. The first for the male plum-headed parakeet’s head color and the second for the male blossom-headed parakeets head color.
Photo1 courtesy of Susan Liepa Photo2 courtesy of Betsie Nel
Range: The blossom-headed parakeet is a bird of the North-East India, beyond into other countries east of India like Myanmar,Laos,Cambodia,Thailand etc.So if you see a pale pinkish headed parakeet, in North-Eastern India,well, it is the blossom head. The plum-headed parakeets are present in other parts of India but absent in North-East. Continue reading
I invite you to take a tour through images of this colorful bird. I have carefully selected images which has captured the key features of the bird. By seeing these photos, and reading tips below, you will learn to recognize this parakeet better. I encourage you to make your own mental notes of features you find unique and striking.
Photo Courtesy of Shantanu Kuveskar ,Dec 2014
Note that the male parakeet has deep red on its head, almost maroon. There is a thin black collar which starts from the lower beak and gives it the appearance of a “French cut beard”. The neck below the thin black line is greenish-blue. Continue reading
Notable features Male has head coloration that reminds very much of a plum and beak color reminiscent of ripe mangoes. They have a red shoulder patch.The tail is blue,tipped with white. Alas! the female’s head lacks the grand colors, she has a dull blue-grey head with a yellow collar and beak.Shoulder patch is absent too. Range All over India except very dry areas of Western-India.
Photo1 Courtesy of Sumeet Moghe , Photo2 Courtesy of Tarique Sani
Sound Courtesy of Pamela C. Rasmussen , AV16014. Accessible at Avocet Avian Vocalizations Center
I invite you to take a tour through images of this colorful bird. I have carefully selected images which captures the key features of the bird. By seeing these photos, and reading tips below, you will learn to recognize this parakeet better. I encourage you to make your own mental notes of features you find unique and striking.
Photo Courtesy of PARSHOTAM LAL TANDON @ Hamirpur,Himachal Pradesh, Feb 2015
From this fabulous photo, you can easily see why this parakeet is called rose-ringed! Only male birds have rings around their neck.Female has none or a slight shadow where the neck ring should be.
Photo Courtesy of PARSHOTAM LAL TANDON @ Dhamrol,Hamirpur,Himachal Pradesh, Feb 2014
Key features They are similar to rose-ringed parakeets but can be distinguished by the maroon patch on their shoulders. The male has a broader blackblack “mustaches” and a pink “kerchief” tied around their necks.Female similar except for missing the bright rings around the neck.Range Almost all of India except the arid regions of North-western India..
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Photo1 Courtesy of Shaunak Modi,Photo2 Courtesy of Charles Lam
Sound Courtesy of Sarthak Awhad, XC187974. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/187974.