(Last Updated on : 17/10/2015)
Blossom-Headed Parakeet is an Indian bird
that bears a scientific name "Psittacula roseate
" is a parrot which is a resident breeder in northeast India eastwards into Southeast Asia.
Behaviour of Blossom-Headed Parakeet
Blossom-Headed Parakeet undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit and blossoms which make up its diet. It has two subspecies, nominate and juneae Blossom-headed parakeet is a bird of forest and open woodland. It nests in holes in trees, laying 4-5 white eggs.
Structure of Blossom-Headed Parakeet
Blossom-Headed Parakeet is a green parrot, 30 cm long with a tail up to 18 cm. The male's head is pink becoming pale blue on the back of the crown, nape and cheeks. There is a narrow black neck collar and a black chin stripe.
Colour of Blossom-Headed Parakeet
Blossom-Headed Parakeet has a red shoulder patch and the rump and tail are bluish-green, the latter tipped yellow. The upper mandible is yellow, and the lower mandible is dark.
Adults of Blossom-Headed Parakeet
The female Blossom-Headed Parakeet has a pale grey head and lacks the black neck collar and chin stripe patch. The lower mandible is pale. Immature birds have a green head and a grey chin. Both mandibles are yellowish and there is no red shoulder patch. The different head colour and the yellow tip to the tail distinguish this species from the similar plum-headed parakeet.
Sounds of Blossom-Headed Parakeet
Blossom-Headed Parakeet is a gregarious and noisy species with range of raucous calls.
Blossom-Headed Parakeet as Pet
The minimum aviary size of Blossom-Headed Parakeet should be about 10 feet in length and 3 to 3.5 feet wide. Double wiring between each aviary flight is necessary. Non-toxic leafy branches can be placed in the aviary for the birds to chew up. This will entertain the birds and give the birds some beak exercise. Natural branches of various diameters, and placed at various angles, make great perches; and satisfies their need for chewing.
Feeding of Blossom-Headed Parakeet
Blossom-Headed Parakeet is a quality parrot seed mix along with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Seeding grasses and green can be offered. Sprouted or Germinated Seeds are usually more easily accepted by "seed addicts" than fresh fruits and vegetables.