Blossom-headed Parakeet (species: Psittacula roseata) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Psittacula roseata
Blossom-headed Parakeet

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Genus Psittacula
Species Psittacula roseata
Status least concern

Distinguishing features

This is a largely green parrot. 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). (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



Distribution and habitat preferences

It 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. (Wikipedia)

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