Plum-headed Parakeet

Family: Psittacidae Bobby, the Plum-headed Parakeet, Psittacula cyanocephala"Bobby"Psittacula cyanocephalaPhoto Courtesy DDani
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I have a pair of plum head parakeets. They both are very friendly with me because I am the only one to entertain them. They are very jolly and sometimes become a... (more)  hira

   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.


Breeding/Reproduction:
   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


hira - 2014-03-31
I have a pair of plum head parakeets. They both are very friendly with me because I am the only one to entertain them. They are very jolly and sometimes become a shouting monkey to get my attention. I love them. I have recently gotten a female parakeet for my mino (male parakeet). She in a few days has adjusted amazingly. But the problem here is that I don't know when they will breed? I want to become aunti of their kids. :) They play with each other and have an open environment, they go from one room to another. I have set some flowers and tree stumps to make my place look like a forest. But when will they breed? I am really worried. Please help me. Want to become aunti hira..

  • pankaj holkar - 2014-05-18
    Hello no need to worry these are also like other birds and you are petting them. All you need is to provide them nesting boxes according to ther size and they get mature for mating after 3 years. Female will start spending time in a nestbox, that is the sign that she is ready to breed. And will allow male for sex. Remove all messes you have created in your house. They need their mood, their time and privacy. All you need is to provide them time.
  • Mudassir - 2018-02-13
    They will breed in their breeding season if they are grown up enough. female takes 1.5 years where as male requires about 3 years for final breeding. Also the unique mark on the wings of male parakeet is noticeably visible. i have housed a pair of plum headed parakeets and they are simply awesome birds.
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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 bhaveshkavankar@gmail.com

  • Kshitij - 2017-12-29
    I have a plum headed parakeet in kanpur contact me
  • Anonymous - 2018-01-01
    Do u hav a Contact number?
  • Pradip - 2018-02-02
    I m interested buying Plum pair. Pl. let me know.
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sumeet - 2011-03-08
Hi I have Plum-headed Parakeet for sale please contact me at sumeet_kpoor8@yahoo.com.

  • RAM NAIR - 2011-05-09
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PLUM HEADED ,AND PRISE?
  • priya - 2011-05-11
    Hello. I am interested to purchase the plum headed parakeet. Can you please give me the details of the rate and place and also age of the birds.
  • Jaie Karve - 2012-12-03
    Hi Sumeet, i am interested in buying a male plum headed parakeet who is hand fed and tame, please let me know the price..
  • Aaqib Ahemad - 2017-12-10
    I want female...8668855391 ....7776000009
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Aaqib Ahemad - 2017-12-10
I want this.. female ..I have male parrot

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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 bhaveshkavankar@gmail.com

  • Kshitij - 2017-12-29
    I have a plum headed parakeet in kanpur contact me
  • Anonymous - 2018-01-01
    Do u hav a Contact number?
  • Pradip - 2018-02-02
    I m interested buying Plum pair. Pl. let me know.
Reply
sumeet - 2011-03-08
Hi I have Plum-headed Parakeet for sale please contact me at sumeet_kpoor8@yahoo.com.

  • RAM NAIR - 2011-05-09
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PLUM HEADED ,AND PRISE?
  • priya - 2011-05-11
    Hello. I am interested to purchase the plum headed parakeet. Can you please give me the details of the rate and place and also age of the birds.
  • Jaie Karve - 2012-12-03
    Hi Sumeet, i am interested in buying a male plum headed parakeet who is hand fed and tame, please let me know the price..
  • Aaqib Ahemad - 2017-12-10
    I want female...8668855391 ....7776000009
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Aaqib Ahemad - 2017-12-10
I want this.. female ..I have male parrot

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priyanka - 2016-05-15
I have plum head parrot for sell only 5500 my no 7841983386

  • KAREN STILLINGS - 2016-05-31
    I am looking for a male plum head parakeet. Could you give me any information on where I could buy one.i live on Malabar FL.
  • farhan - 2016-07-05
    From which place are you . As I wnna buy it
  • Yuvaraj sakthivel - 2016-12-07
    Hello i have a female plum head... im looking for male one... so if any one have nale plum head contact me through my mail id "yuvarajsakthivel@gmail.com".. where are u frm... im in tamilnadu...
  • Stacy - 2017-05-30
    Karen, I am in Central Florida and I have a baby Male Plum Head. His hatch date is April 1st, 2017 and he is still on 3 feedings a day - - trying to transition to 2. Let me know if you are interested. :~) Here is my email address: dressform222@comcast.net
  • Gidge - 2017-08-15
    I am looking for a male plum head.. Was wondering if you have any
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