Nicobar Parakeet


Nicobar Parakeet

Nicobar Parakeet (Psittacula caniceps) 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. Nicobar Parakeet Female has head strongly tinted blue, upper mandible black. Immature undescribed.

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Description

At 61 cm in length (of which more than half is its long, pointed tail), the Nicobar Parrot is the longest member of the Psittacula genus.

Nicobar Parakeet plumage is green except for its head, which is gray, with two black stripes on the front of its face, one from eye to eye across the forehead and another wider one that occupies the throat and the lower sides of the head.

It has a strong bill and is very curved downwards. The bill of the males is red with a yellow tip, while that of the females is blackish.

Systematics History

Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

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

Habitat

Nicobar Parakeet live Tall forest.

SOURCE: G V Sumesh

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. A Nicobar Parakeet egg laid in captivity measured 38·2 mm × 25·6 mm.

Conservation Status

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


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