Species of Thailand
Thai: นกแก้วหัวแพร, nok kaew hua phae
Binomial name: Psittacula roseata, Biswamoy Biswas, 1951
The blossom-headed parakeet (Psittacula roseata) is a parrot which is a resident breeder in northeast India eastwards into Southeast Asia. It undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit and blossoms which make up its diet.
Blossom-headed parakeet is a bird of forest and open woodland. It nests in holes in trees, laying 4-5 white eggs.
This 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.
There is 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.
The female 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 (Psittacula cyanocephala).
Blossom-headed parakeet is a gregarious and noisy species with range of raucous calls.
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Videos of Blossom-headed parakeet
- Psittacula roseata
- Thai: นกแก้วหัวแพร, nok kaew hua phae
Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)
- Bang Pu Recreation Centre
- Doi Inthanon National Park
- Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
- Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- In Buri District, Sing Buri
- Khao Yai National Park
- Laem Pak Bia
- Mae Ping National Park
- Mueang Nonthaburi District, Nonthaburi
- Mueang Tak District, Tak
- Nam Nao National Park
- Ob Khan National Park
- Phatthana Nikhom District, Lopburi
- Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
- Samut Prakan Province
- Si Racha District, Chonburi
- Thap Lan National Park
- Wat Phai Lom & Wat Ampu Wararam Non-hunting Area
Range map of Psittacula roseata in Thailand
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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.
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