[P. alexandri: Moustached parakeet]
[P. calthorpae: Emerald-collared parakeet]
[P. columboides: Malabar parakeet]
[P. cyanocephala: Plumheaded parakeet]
[P. derbyana: Derbyan parakeet]
[P. echo: Mauritius parakeet]
[P. eupatria: Alexandrine parakeet]
[P. exsul: Newton's parakeet]
[P. himalayana: Slatyheaded parakeet]
[P. intermedia: Intermediar parakeet]
[P. krameri: Ringnecked parakeet]
[P. longicauda: Long-tailed parakeet]
 [P. roseata: Blossomheaded parakeet][P. wardi: Seychelles parakeet] 

Psittacula caniceps [Blyth 1846]

Blyth's Parakeet

Psittacula caniceps (Blyth 1846)

Description: Green; head grey; nape and crown with faint blue tinge; cheeks and ear-coverts with light yellowish tinge; chin, broad stripe to cheek, lores and forehead black; upperside of middle tail-feathers green tinged with grey and with yellow tips, outer tail-feathers green; underside of tail-feathers green-olive yellowish; upper mandible red, lower mandible black; iris orange-red; feet grey.

Hen as cock, but nape and crown suffused strongly with blue; both upper and lower mandible black; middle tail-feathers on average noticably shorter.

Length: 56 cm, wing length 202 - 222 mm, tail length 241 - 378 mm.

Distribution: Great Nicobar, Little Nicobar, Montschall and Kondul in Nicobar Islands.

Psittacula caniceps  


Habitat:
Mangroves, virgin lowland forest and edges of forest.

Status: Common

Behaviour: In pairs or small groups outside breeding season; lives high in trees and never comes down to ground; prefers dense foliage in tops of tallest trees; seldom seen on bare branches; noisy; flight swift and direct.

Call: Call harsh, raucous screeching.

Natural diet: Seeds, fruits, berries, buds, prefers fruit of Pandanus ssp.

Nesting: Unknown; egg measures 38.2 x 25.6 mm.

Aviculture: No information available; most probably only brought to Europe once, in the Zoo of England, probably begin 1900; but kept by local people of Nicobar Islands



Psittacula caniceps Cock
Photo: W. Cooper

Psittacula caniceps Cock
Photo: Z. Rana

Psittacula caniceps Cock
Photo: C. D'Silva
[P. alexandri: Moustached parakeet]
[P. calthorpae: Emerald-collared parakeet]
[P. columboides: Malabar parakeet]
[P. cyanocephala: Plumheaded parakeet]
[P. derbyana: Derbyan parakeet]
[P. echo: Mauritius parakeet]
[P. eupatria: Alexandrine parakeet]
[P. exsul: Newton's parakeet]
[P. himalayana: Slatyheaded parakeet]
[P. intermedia: Intermediar parakeet]
[P. krameri: Ringnecked parakeet]
[P. longicauda: Long-tailed parakeet]
 [P. roseata: Blossomheaded parakeet][P. wardi: Seychelles parakeet] 

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