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Nicobar Parakeet - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Blyth's Parakeet; Blyth's Nicobar Parakeet

Psittacula caniceps


56-61 cm.

  • Bill black below, red above
  • Pale grey head with black frontal band extending to eye and broad black band from lower mandible to chin and sides of neck (sometimes extending faintly as brown collar around hindneck)
  • Grass green rest of plumage
  • Tail tinged yellowish-grey and tipped yellowish

Females have a strongly blue tinted head and their upper mandible is black.
Immatures are undescribed.


Nicobar Islands (Great and Little Nicobar, Montschall and Kondul) of the Indian Ocean.
Common in its small range. Classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN.


This is a monotypic species.


Tall forests.


Little known.
Often seen feeding on ripe fruits of Pandanus.
No information about breeding.
A sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221

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