Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tell apart Plum-headed and Blossom-headed Parakeets

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.

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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

Plum-headed Parakeet Photo Guide

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.

Plum-headed_parakeet_Pair(Psittacula_cyanocephala)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

Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala

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.
plum-headed parakeet male and female

Photo1 Courtesy of Sumeet Moghe , Photo2 Courtesy of  Tarique Sani
Sound Courtesy of Pamela C. Rasmussen , AV16014. Accessible at Avocet Avian Vocalizations Center

Rose-ringed Parakeet Photo Guide

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.
Rose-ringed parakeet_male

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. Pstittacula krameri

Photo Courtesy of PARSHOTAM LAL TANDON @ Dhamrol,Hamirpur,Himachal Pradesh, Feb 2014

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Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria

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..
Psittacula eupatria

Photo1 Courtesy of Shaunak Modi,Photo2 Courtesy of Charles Lam
Sound Courtesy of Sarthak Awhad, XC187974. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/187974.