Plum-headed Parakeet

Family: Psittacidae Bobby, the Plum-headed Parakeet, Psittacula cyanocephala"Bobby"Psittacula cyanocephalaPhoto Courtesy DDani
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I have a plum headed parrakeet pair that have had their 2nd clutch of eggs as normal their first clutch was no good.She has been in the nest since the 18th of... (more)  marg

   Bobby is a male Plum-headed parakeet. The Plum-headed female has a gray head and the male's head is grayish purple or plum colored... thus the name Plum-headed!

   The Plum-headed Parakeet is a very beautiful bird. They are a very tolerant towards other parakeets, and even known to be peaceful with small birds such as finches.

To learn more about Parakeets and their needs visit:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Parakeet

Geographic Distribution
Psittacula cyanocephala
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Psittacula
  • Species: cyanocephala

Scientific name: Psittacula cyanocephala

Description:    The Plum-headed Parakeet belongs in the Psittacula genus, that are known as Ringneck Parakeets. This genus has the distinguishing characteristic of a colored collar going around the head in the males, or a pronounced stripe running through the chin area.
   The Plum-headed Parakeet male has a plum colored head with a narrow, black collar around it's neck followed by a bluish-green band. They have dark green wings and a reddish brown stripe on the lesser coverlets, and the rest of the body is light green. The central tail feathers are bluish-green and the outer tail feathers are green with light yellow tips. The female's head is lighter than the male, and they have no red shoulder marking. The young reach their adult plumage after 2 years and the second full molt. These birds grow to a length of 13" (33 cm).

Distribution:    The Plum-headed Parakeet is found in Sri Lanka, Ceylon, most of India, west Pakistan, Nepal and the Rameswaram Island.

Care and Feeding:    Fresh food and water must be provided daily.
   In the wild, Plum-headed Parakeets eat a variety of seeds, fruits, nuts, blossoms, leaf buds. In addition to these foods, you can offer them vegetables and commercial pellets. They like nuts with the shells cracked, such as walnuts, pecans and almonds. They also enjoy the same nutritional foods humans eat, including cooked chicken. Cooked beans, rice, and grains are also enjoyed, but soft foods like these will spoil in about 4 hours. An occasional millet spray is a nice treat.
See About Parakeets: Care and Feeding for more detailed information.

Housing:    A a roomy cage is required, and these birds are sensitive to freezing temperatures.
See About Parakeets: Housing for more extensive housing information.

Maintenance:    The basic cage care includes daily cleaning of the water and food dishes. Weekly you should wash all the perches and dirty toys, and the floor should be washed about every other week. A total hosing down and disinfecting of an aviary should be done yearly, replacing anything that needs to be freshened, such as old dishes, toys and perches.

Social Behaviors:    In the wild, these birds live in flocks and are very social. They have a pleasant nature and tolerate other birds housed with them except when breeding, then like many parakeets, they can be more aggressive.

Handling/Training: See About Parakeets: Handling and Training for detailed information.

Activities:    Parakeets are very energetic birds! Besides flying, which is important for all parakeets, these birds love to chew! Be sure you provide them with lots of assorted toys and wood chews, perches and swings.

   According to author Annette Wolter, in her book "Long-Tailed Parakeets", Plum-headed Parakeets do not bond with a mate for life, unlike many parakeets. She states, "...they do not form lasting bonds with a mate. After brooding, the pairs separate once more." However, she does state that they are easily bred. They are not always successful at raising their young, so you may have to hand-rear the babies. Each pair will need two nesting boxes to choose from. Once the nest box is selected the female will lay four to six eggs.
See About Parakeets: Breeding and Reproduction for more information.

Potential Problems:    These parakeets call varies from melodic notes to a shrill call when in flight. They can have a loud scream.
See About Parakeets: Potential Problems for more information.

Availability:    Plum-headed Parakeets are available from time to time at pet stores or from breeders.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Plum-headed Parakeet

marg - 2015-11-14
I have a plum headed parrakeet pair that have had their 2nd clutch of eggs as normal their first clutch was no good.She has been in the nest since the 18th of october only coming out every now and then for a few minutes and back in.I have checked and their are 5 or 6 eggs in the corner of the nesting box I have not touched them or disturbed them as I know plum headed parakeets can be touchy and abandon their nest easily so I only glanced through the hole in the nesting box while she was out eating.But they are not hatching and it seems to be time by my estimation but I have never bred them before only cockatiels?So does anyone out there know and is an experienced breeder as breeders here are secretive and keep their info to themselves.Also I have just discovered mice have gotten in through a bale of hay brought for my bantum chooks that are in the chook house beside my plumhead avairy and have burrowed up between the pavers and stones in the bottom of the avairy and chook house as I have sand in there for their sand bathing and diamatious earth and I,m wondering if these mice have disrupted her nesting and scared her at nightime off her nest and the eggs have been damaged but she just keeps sitting on them and they are no good as I have been out at nightime and seen these mice running all over the place even along their perches but I don,t think they can reach the nest box as its up on the wall not near any perches,What do I do?I have blocked off all the holes filled them in with more paving stones and rocks and baited the mice so they can,t get in anymore.But how do I know if her eggs are ok or not?

  • Khurram - 2016-01-17
    their incubation time is 23-24 days so be patient , , donot disturb them,,, best of luck for new born babies ,,,
bhavesh - 2016-01-05
I want to buy female plum headed parakeet within resonable price within mumbai mumbai cricle any one intrested give me rpy on my email id

Phoebe - 2015-12-07
Hi I'm Phoebe I got a plum head about 2 days ago it has a small amont of feathers and is so cute I don't know whether it is a girl or a boy yet but I need to know how not to let it bight it will sorta play and then night it's not sour but I know it will be when its older pls help and how do I teach it to talk thx 💙

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-12-07
    For a look at how to start training your bird, see handling and training on the Parakeet care page.
marg - 2015-11-14
I need urgent help from someone experienced with plum headed parrot breeding

bhavesh - 2016-01-05
I want to buy female plum headed parakeet within resonable price within mumbai mumbai cricle any one intrested give me rpy on my email id

Farzan Shahid - 2015-10-12
Hello! I am Farzan Shahid from Delhi i am interested in buying a female plum headed parakeet. If someone is interested in selling he or she could contact me on me

Sumit - 2015-02-18
I want to sell my male and female plum headed parakeet birds..

  • patricia stover - 2015-03-08
    interested in female if you still have
  • shank - 2015-04-20
    hi sumit, where r u from and whats the price
  • Samrat Chakraborty - 2015-08-05
    My phone 9611214849 email - I am from Bangalore. Interested to buy Plum headed parakeets. Let me know the price. Thanks, Samrat Chakraborty
  • Kuldeep - 2015-09-07
    How much
Rabi mitra - 2015-05-20
I want to sell my talking 8month male plum headed parrot...

  • Linda roberts - 2015-06-21
    I'm looking for a male plum head parakeet to buy..I live in u raise to sell or know anyone who does.plz email me.
  • mohamad ali - 2015-06-27
    hi I have female im looking for male if anyone looking to sell a male I will buy it im from Windsor ont plzzzz I need amale asp
  • Samrat Chakraborty - 2015-08-05
    Hi , I am interested in buying your Plum headed parakeet. My number is 9611214849. email- please contact me. I am from Bangalore.