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

Here is a male and a female together.Now, it is easier to note that only the male has neck rings. Immature birds are similar to female, i.e. they have no neck rings.They have duller green heads.

rose-ringed parakeet female in paddy field

Photo Courtesy of Gaurika Wijeratne @ Talangama Wetlands,Sri Lanka, Jan 2013

Here is a beautiful image of a female bird in flight.Rose-ringed_Parakeet_(Psittacula_krameri)_feeding_on_Indian_Coral_Tree_at_Kolkata

Photo Courtesy of J.M.Garg @ Kolkata, Oct 2007

They are seed and fruit eaters.They will eat buds and vegetables as well.Here is a bird feeding on the Indian coral tree. Salim Ali in Book of Indian birds, notes that this tree in bloom provides great bird watching opportunity. This is because, its abundant nectar is a favorite of many birds.Also,the tree is leafless when in bloom and hence provide an unobstructed view of the avian visitors.Male Rose-ringed_Parakeet_Psittacula_krameri_at_nest_in_Narshapur,_AP

Photo Courtesy of J.M.Garg @ Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh, Oct 2008

Here is a male bird at nest.They nest in tree holes either naturally occurring,made by other birds like woodpecker or sometimes,made by themselves.They nest in holes in buildings or rock crevices as well.The breeding season falls between February and April.Both parents take part in incubation and care of the young.The young are ready to leave the nest before monsoon.

References
1. Rose-ringed parakeet page @ Wikipedia
2.The Book of Indian Birds By Salim Ali,Published by The Bombay Natural History Society,1941
3.The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. Vol.4 By E.C. Stuart Baker,1927

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