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Did You Know I'm A Plum Head?!! - Plum-Headed Parakeet -NZ Dunedin by AndreaEL
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The Plum-headed Parakeet is a mainly green parrot, 33 cm long with a tail up to 22 cm. The male’s head is red, becoming purple-blue on the back of the crown, nape and cheeks. There is a narrow black neck collar and a black chin stripe. There is a red shoulder patch and the rump and tail are bluish-green, the latter tipped white. The upper mandible is orangish-yellow, and the lower mandible is dark. The female has a grey head, corn-yellow upper-mandible and lacks the black neck collar, chin stripe and red shoulder patch. Immature birds have a green head and both mandibles are yellowish. The different head colour and the white tip to the tail distinguish this species from the similar Blossom-headed Parakeet (Psittacula roseata). Behaviour: The Plum-headed Parakeet is a gregarious and noisy species with range of raucous calls. The usual flight and contact call is oink? repeated now and then. In captivity it can learn to mimic beeps and whistles but is not a very good talker. It undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit and blossoms which make up its diet. It nests in holes in trees, laying 4-6 white eggs. Habitat: The Plum-headed Parakeet is a bird of forest and open woodland. Though this species is not exploited as heavily as the sympatric Alexandrine Parakeet the trade takes its toll on local populations across the range. Population is reduced in urban areas and heavily inhabited zones. Food: In the wild: Seeds, fruits, nuts, blossoms and leaf buds. Damage orchards and rice crops. Distribution: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. In Sri Lanka, is common along the foothills in open woodland. In India, is common near cultivated land and in parks and towns. Not as common in Nepal. I have not used soft focus on this image, he was hiding in the shrubs and they created the same type of effect, I was fortunate to get his beautiful head in focus.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Dunedin Gardens Otago South Island New Zealand July 2011
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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 3 years ago

    Wow what a beauty and lovely capture. Ihad one in my garden a few year ago, it must have escaped from some where

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Robert. It must have escaped, I hope he found his way home.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    Amazing color! Nice capture, Andrea!

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Dot

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous little bird. Splendid capture.

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Bunny

    – AndreaEL

  • M-A-K
    M-A-Kabout 3 years ago

    Sweet capture :) , just sold the breeding pair a week ago :) .. very nice

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated. I am guessing that you breed birds, I used to when I live in SA and would love to get back into it.

    – AndreaEL

  • yolanda
    yolandaabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful . . love the softness and focus on the gorgeous face :-)

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Yolanda

    – AndreaEL

  • saseoche
    saseocheabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful and excellent shot!

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 3 years ago

    don’t worry sweetie…i’ve been called worse…. i love you just the way you are.

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated Sally

    – AndreaEL

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Thank you Larry

    – AndreaEL

  • AngelPhotozzz
    AngelPhotozzzabout 3 years ago

    Wow beautiful colors..stunning capture!!

  • Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely comment, much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

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