Nicobar Parakeet - Psittacula caniceps

Nicobar Parakeet


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Nicobar Parakeet

Identification

56–61 cm  224 g. Bill read above, black below; head pale grey with a black frontal band extending to the eye and broad black band from lower mandible and chin to sides of the neck, sometimes extending as very faint pale brown collar round hindneck; rest of body grass green, tail tinged yellowish-grey and tipped yellowish. Female has head strongly tinted blue, upper mandible black. Immature undescribed.

Systematics History

Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Nicobar Is: on Great and Little Nicobar, Menchal and Kondul.

Habitat

Tall forest.

Movement

Sedentary.

Diet and Foraging

Ripe fruits of Pandanus are extensively used.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Not well documented. Vocalizations overall loud and raucous, including a crow-like drawn-out “krraah”. Also a steeply upslurred “shrek!” and a modulated “shee-wack!”.

Breeding

No information from the wild. An egg laid in captivity measured 38·2 mm × 25·6 mm (1).

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Apparently common; many birds are caught for the local cagebird trade, but much habitat remains on the islands.


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