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A pair foraging after day-break
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Wilderness on the city limits, Jhajjar, Haryana, India, 7 December 2023
Psittacula eupatria


Subspecies magnirostris
Photo © by Shantilal Varu
Portblair, Andaman Islands, India, November 2015

56-62 cm (22-24½ in)

  • Green head
  • Grey-blue cheeks and nape
  • Broad black neck ring
  • Broad pink nape band
  • Brownish-red shoulder patch
  • Yellow-tipped bluish-green tail
  • Yellow-tipped red bill

Females and immatures lack the black neck ring, pink nape band and are duller.


Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Andaman Islands, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand


Photo © by binus1963
Goa, India, 15 November 2013


There are five sub-species, differing in mostly minor plumage details and size[1]:

  • P. e. nipalensis:
  • P. e. eupatria:
  • P. e. magnirostris:
  • P. e. avensis:
  • P. e. siamensis:
Photo © by Albzm7
Abu Dhabi city, Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 2005


Forests, parks and gardens in urban areas



The diet includes fruit, seeds and blossoms.


It nests in holes in large trees; 2–4 white eggs are laid.


A pair was foraging at day-break in the wilderness at city limits; it flew away, giving inflight calls.

Audio © by Alok Tewari
Jhajjar City, Haryana, India. 7 December 2023.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Avibase. Retrieved 9 September 2020
  3. Collar, N. and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.alepar2.01
  4. AvianWeb

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