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Male front, Female back
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, Alt. 2100 Meters, Himachal Pradesh, India, June 2014
Psittacula himalayana


39–41 cm (15¼-16 in)

  • Slate-gray head
  • Black half collar
  • Yellowish-green overall plumage
  • Yellow bill, upper mandible has a red tip

Male has long central tail feathers

Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal, Alt. 1680 Meters, Uttarakhand, India, April 2015


  • Greyish-green face
  • Green head with faint pale green stripe below cheeks to hindcrown
  • Short tail
  • Orange bill
  • Grey eye


Asia: found from Himalayas (Afghanistan to northern India, Nepal and western Assam)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Subtropical deciduous and coniferous woodlands, particularly with Deodar Cedar Cedrus deodara. Cultivated areas. Observed at heights around 2100 m (7000 ft) above msl.



Their diet consists of a variety of fruits, berries and seeds.


Call given by a group sitting in the canopy, then flying-off.

Dalhousie, Dist. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, alt. 2100 m (6900 ft) above MSL, India, June-2014
One below is the recording of high-pitched calls given by a female sitting on top of a tall tree.

Sat Tal Forest, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2017.
Both recordings by Alok Tewari


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)
  3. World Parrot Trust

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