Blossom-headed Parakeet

Blossom-headed Parakeet

Scientific Name:  Psittacula roseata
Origin:
India
Average Lifespan: 20-30 years
Size: Up to 12 inches
Color: Mainly green
Sounds: Vocal communicator
Interaction: Highly social

 

Blossom-headed parakeet Psittacula roseata

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Physical Characteristics of Blossom-headed Parakeet

The Blossom-headed parakeet is a small to medium sized parrot that could grow in length up to as much as 12 inches from the head down to the tip of the tail. They could weigh up to around 3 ounces. This is one of the bird species that could easily identify the gender because of the differences in their physical attributes.

The male bird has an attractive pink head and fades into blue going to the back of the crown, nape, and the cheeks. They also have a black neck collar and black stripe on the chin. They have red patches on the shoulders and bluish-green rump and tail. The tail has yellow tips. The color of the upper beak is yellow while the lower beak is dark gray.

The female birds have no rings on the neck and they also don’t striped chin. The color of the head is dull grey and the lower beak is paler in color too. The juvenile bird has green head and no red patches on the shoulders. The beak, both lower and upper, is yellow in color. The female bird develops their permanent color at 15 months of age while the male is at 30 months of age.

Personality and Temperament

Compared to other parrot species, the ring-neck species are not as demanding in terms of care and maintenance. This is one of the reasons why they are good as house pets.  They are easy going and they easily adapt to their environment.  However, as pet owners, consistent training and guidance starting at young age as they grow mature is important to ensure that these birds will not exhibit any destructive habits and annoying behavior.

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These birds are curious pets and they enjoy being petted by their human companion. They like human interaction and like to do activities with their handlers. They are smart birds with colorful personality. They can become great talkers too especially when trained early on. They can mimic human sounds and can speak several words and short phrases. Male species are better talkers than the female ones.

Health and Care

The Blossom-headed parakeets are considered rare these days and are preferred to be housed in well-managed breeding facilities to increase their numbers effectively. Because of being rare, these birds are expensive in price.

If acquired as house pet, this bird must be placed in an aviary with a minimum length of about 10 feet and about 4 to 6 feet wide. For this reason, they are not ideal for those who are living in apartments and smaller homes. Securing the aviary with double wiring may be necessary. Leafy branches that are not toxic on birds should be placed inside the aviary for chewing and beak exercise. Add different sizes of branches to use as perches.

For food, these parrots must be given high quality parrot seed mix and some variations of fresh fruits and vegetables. You may also offer sprouted seeds because these are healthier and have high quality nutritional value. These are also well appreciated by most birds. Sprouted seeds are also lower in fat and are excellent for birds that are prone to obesity.

History and Background

The Blossom-headed parakeet is often seen in the forests and open woodland of their native region. They typically build their nest in holes of the trees. Their breeding season starts in the month of July to August with one clutch per year. The female parakeet can lay up to 6 eggs in a single clutch. These eggs are then incubated for up to 24 days. The hatchlings stay on the nest for about 8 weeks before they show signs of independence through fledging. After additional 2 to 3 weeks, these young birds become fully independent and the mother bird will start to wean them and encourage to feed on their own. Since these birds are only producing one clutch per breeding season, extra time for their young ones can be given provided that there are no signs of aggression on the male parent bird. This extra stay can give the young birds more time to learn from their parents.

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