The Plum Headed Parakeet
Size: Approximately 13"
Weight: Normally 50-60 grams
Lifespan: 20 years
Natural diet: Granivore, enjoying fruits, nuts, and seed
Native to: India, Sri Lanka
Min. cage dimensions: 18"x18"x18"
Bar spacing: up to 5/8"
Handling needs: Plum Headed Parakeets are social birds, and an attractive addition to any aviary. They are laidback individuals, well tolerating other species, but should not be housed in the same cage as any other type. Members of the Psittacula family do not tend to be overly cuddly, and this parakeet is no exception. They do appreciate being handled and a part of what is going on around them, however.
Sound Level: Low. There is a high pitched calling noise that both species make that can be quite shrill, but otherwise are an extremely quiet bird.
Talking Ability: Poor. They are thought to pick up some words and small phrases but overall seem to be kept more for their beauty than their talking ability.
Special notes: This is the smallest member of the Ringneck parakeets. Only the males develop the beautiful violet head with the black ring around the neck. The females retain the look of the juvenile (pictured).