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Plum-headed Parakeet

Plum-headed Parakeet
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Copyright: Sowmya Vallabhajosyula (sowmyav82) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 36] (258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-20 3:07
Viewed: 3455
Points: 2
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Taken at Landscape Gardens, Osmania University.

This parakeet was feeding on the leaves of the tree. It was holding the leaf with its claw and biting it. Was such a lovely scene to watch.

More info about Plum-headed parakeet courtesy Wikipedia:

The Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala) is a parrot which is a resident breeder in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is endemic to the Indian subcontinent.

The Plum-headed Parakeet is a mainly green parrot, 33 cm long with a tail up to 22 cm. The male's head is red, becoming purple-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 white. The upper mandible is orangish-yellow, and the lower mandible is dark.
The female has a grey head, corn-yellow upper-mandible and lacks the black neck collar, chin stripe and red shoulder patch. Immature birds have a green head and both mandibles are yellowish.

The Plum-headed Parakeet is a gregarious and noisy species with range of raucous calls. The usual flight and contact call is oink? repeated now and then. It undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit and blossoms which make up its diet. It nests in holes in trees, laying 4-6 white eggs.

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To ramthakur: Hi Ram,sowmyav82 1 03-20 06:39
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Your pictures are getting better and better, Sowmya.
This is a very good capture of this pretty Parakeet with nice focus. The sky makes an apt BG.
I wish you had made a bigger version, though.
Try it next time.

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