Sunday, 1 August 2010

Blue winged parakeet

Blue-winged Parakeet, (Psittacula columboides) male

The Blue-winged parakeet (Psittacula columboides) is also known as the Malabar parakeet, and is endemic to the Western Ghats of South India. Pictured above and below are the male bird.

Blue-winged Parakeet, (Psittacula columboides) male

It has a range of about 50,000 square Km and hence is classified under the "restricted-range" species by the IUCN. As with other parakeets it is threatened by poaching for illegal pet trade.

While the male bird is a bluish grey with a double ring of brilliant light blue and dark grey around its neck, the female is less colourful (see image below). The male also has a red beak and greenish feathers in front of its eyes. The female has its beak coloured in black and lacks the greenish colouration.

Blue-winged Parakeet, (Psittacula columboides) female

These birds are social creatures and can be seen in groups of 4-5 individuals, flying and feeding in noisy groups. These images were obtained on a rainy day at the Periyar National Park, Thekkady, where they can be seen.

Blue-winged Parakeet, (Psittacula columboides) female


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