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Plum-headed Parakeet

Plum-headed Parakeet
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-25 7:34
Viewed: 5535
Points: 60
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A new bird species for TN. This photo is made in bird park Avifauna in the Netherlands.

The Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala) is a parakeet endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Along with Psittacula roseata of the Himalayas it was sometimes known by the name of Blossom-headed Parakeet which is now used to refer only to Psittacula roseata. Plum-headed Parakeets are found in flocks, the males having a pinkish purple head and the females, a grey head. They fly swiftly with twists and turns accompanied by their distinctive calls.

The Plum-headed Parakeet is a mainly green parrot, 33 cm long with a tail up to 22 cm. The male has a red head which shades to purple-blue on the back of the crown, nape and cheeks. There is a narrow black neck collar with verdigris below on the nape and a black chin stripe that extends from the lower mandible. 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 dull bluish grey head and lacks the black and verdigris collar which is replaced by yellow. The upper-mandible is corn-yellow and there is no black chin stripe or red shoulder patch. Immature birds have a green head and both mandibles are yellowish. The dark head is acquired after a year. The delicate bluish red appearance resembling the bloom of a peach is produced by a combination of blue from the optical effects produced by the rami of the feather and a red pigment in the barbules.

Some authors have considered the species to have two subspecies, the nominate from peninsular India (type locality restricted to Gingee) and the population from the foothills of the Himalayas as bengalensis on the basis of the colour of the head in the male which is more red and less blue. Newer works consider the species to be monotypic.

The different head colour and the white tip to the tail distinguish this species from the similar Blossom-headed Parakeet (Psittacula roseata). The shoulder patch is maroon coloured and the shorter tail is tipped yellow in P. roseata.

A supposed species of parakeet, the so-called Intermediate Parakeet Psittacula intermedia is thought to be a hybrid of this and the Slaty-headed Parakeet (Psittacula himalayana).

Habitat and distribution
The Plum-headed Parakeet is a bird of forest and open woodland. They are found from the foothills of the Himalayas south to Sri Lanka. They are not found in the dry regions of western India. They are sometimes kept as pets and escaped birds have been noted in New York, Florida and in some places in the Middle East.

Behaviour and ecology
The Plum-headed Parakeet is a gregarious and noisy species with range of raucous calls. The usual flight and contact call is tuink? repeated now and then. The flight is swift and the bird often twists and turns rapidly. It makes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit and blossoms which make up its diet. They feed on grains, fruits, the fleshy petals of flowers (Salmalia, Butea) and sometimes raid agricultural fields and orchards. The breeding season in India is mainly from December to April and July to August in Sri Lanka. Courtship includes bill rubbing and courtship feeding. It nests in holes, chiselled out by the pair, in tree trunks and lay 4-6 white eggs. The female appears to be solely responsble for incubation and feeding. They roost communally. In captivity it can learn to mimic beeps and short whistling tunes but not human speech.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-25 7:37]

Hi Peter,this is really incredible,this isn't a bird,this is a toy for babies..hehehe....what a magnificent specie and what a fantastic capture whit the best details and colors,very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Today seems to be the day of portraits, Peter, and you have posted a great one of this lovely Parakeet.
The details and colours in this picture are truly breath-taking.
Thanks and regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-07-25 7:47]

Hi Peter
What a great closed up.Colors are outstanding and the image is razor sharp I'm also impress with all the feather details.Nice bg also.
TFS Michel

hello Peter
splendid picture of this. yes luciano is correct this not a real one :), or you take it in your studio :0), marvelous, simply a breath taking picture.
my heart full thanks for sharing.
best wishes,

Hi Peter

A super sharp portrait of the Plum headed parakeet, a rather common and noisy bird of the Indian forests and surprisingly absent here on TN. Not easy to capture in wild since they sit high up on tree tops or feed on fruits inside the canopy. Thanks for sharing.

Hallo Peter,
Congratulations with this new species on TN. What beautiful stunning colours and the detail is crisp sharp. Good eye contact and detail complimented with a beautiful BG. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

Boa tarde Peter
Fantastic portrait.Excellent close,wonderful colours and light and terrific sharpness.Thank You.
Have a great day!
Best regards

Hi Peter,
really nice portrait. Amazing colours. Great sharpness and details. Perfect!
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Peter, great portrait of lovely Parakeet with fantastic colors, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Peter.
Stupendo questo pappagallino,con dei colori meravigliosi,ottima nitidezza e straordinari dettagli, molto molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Peter. Great detailed and sharpenes portrait. Impresive colours and amazing graphic weft of the ploumage. What a pleasant guy!


Hello Peter,
An outstanding capture with such fine colors, sharpness & fine details. Very nicely composed & presented with an attractive POV. Very nicely done & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-07-25 12:11]

Hello Peter.
Great shot. Very impressive portrait of this Parakeet. The details of the beak are perfect. Very nice pov too. Great shot!Best regards Siggi

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-25 13:49]

Hi Peter,
wonderful photo of this amazing bird, outstanding details , beautiful colors ! Congratulations ! TFS !

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2012-07-25 14:05]

What a beautiful shot with excellent sharpness and colors.

Hello Peter,
great portrait of this bird with good sharpness and beautiful colours. The details of the plumage are outstanding and I also like the splendid light. Congratulations for this wonderful new bird species on TN.
Best wishes,

Amazing bird Peter! The colours are fantastic! The sharpness is impressive!

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-07-25 22:57]

wonderful closeup with good clarity and details of parakeet. good lighting and color rendering. tfs.

Gday Peter, Excellent quality image here my good friend, fabulous detailed sharpness with awesome light with lovely saturated colours, great stuff and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Peter,

Vivid macro of this colorful parakeet. Hues like a rainbow really, plumage texture like an old master's painting. Perfectly positioned with the best lighting & from the choicest POV. Superb capture!



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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-07-26 9:08]

Hi Peter,
Incredibly nice colours with excellent sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

hallo Peter
Super scherpe opname
Lijkt of hij uit het scherm komt
de kleuren van deze parkiet zijn prachtig
Zo dicht bij en ik ben er al vanaf de lagere school niet meer geweest
groet lou
ps Wat lees ik BRAZIL! voor jou in september

Hello Peter,
Fantastic portrait with amazing details,perfect focus on eye splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors.
Besat regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-07-27 8:44]

Hello Peter, Congratulations on a new specimen for TN.
What an attracive bird you present us with today, the colors are simply gorgeous. I would love to see a flock of these little beauties flying together out in the wild. I'm sure they would be an awesome sight. TFS.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-07-29 13:12]

Hi Peter!
I must say woww!...What a fantastic close-up!
Marvelous, colorful bird..I love it.
Great focus ...what an eye, very expressive.
Amazing details of the plumage e great blurred BG.
I would like to give you more of 2 points, unfortunately it is impossible :)
Congratulations my friend on this wonderful composition an also for the scoop.
ciao! vanda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-07-30 8:07]

Hello Peter,
What a colorful creature! A perfect picture with amazing sharpness, every single feather can be seen. Interesting presentation too with this portrait of a beautiful bird with a soft look.
Kind regards

Hello Peter

Congratulations for this new species in TN,
charming eye-contact of this Parakeet,
beautiful multicolor plumage, TFS


THIS is AMAZING. Congratulations on 1. phenomenal portrait 2. FIRST on TREK! You captured not only the exquisite embodiment of color but his personality too! LOVE this

Wow combination of colors Peter, excellent detail. I keep seeing sherbet on my desert plate for some reason ;-)
Well done & have a great weekend!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-27 3:06]

Hello Peter
the colours are amazing and you dd very well here in giving its best composition. The lines of the fine feathers could be seen.
Wonderful job.
Well presented and excellent composition.


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