Red-breasted Parakeet (species: Psittacula alexandri) in Birds of Laos (Gaia Guide)
Psittacula alexandri
Red-breasted Parakeet

©Lip Kee Yap: Female Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri)

©Lip Kee Yap: Juvenile Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri)

©Lip Kee Yap: Immature male Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Genus Psittacula
Species Psittacula alexandri
Status least concern

Distinguishing features

It is easily identified by the large reddish patch on its breast. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 38 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Distribution and habitat preferences

Most of the subspecies are confined to small islands or a cluster of islands in Indonesia. One subspecies occurs in the Andaman islands, and one subspecies occurs in continental Southeast Asia and partly extending to northeastern parts of South Asia along the foothills of the Himalayas. Some of the island races may be threatened by the wild bird trade. The nominate race, which occurs in Java, is close to extinction. (Wikipedia)

They are typically found in moist woodlands and forests in lowlands and foothills.


It eats fruit including figs, flowers and their nectar as well as nuts, berries, seeds, leaves and grains.

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