The Plum-Headed Parakeet is a bird of green and plum coloring and is about 12 inches long. Plum-Headed Parakeets are a dimophric species, which means you can tell mature males and females apart by the color variants of their plumage (feathers). The photo on the left is of a female Plum-Headed Parakeet.
The body of both sexes is primarily green, with varying shades occuring on the breast, abdomen, back, and wings. Males have purplish-red heads that are outlined by a black ring around their necks. Females exhibit blue-gray feathers on their heads, and lack the black neck stripe. Immature birds under one year old have a green head and both mandibles are yellowish.
Plum-Headed Parakeets orginate from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and surrounding lands.
Plum-Headed Parakeets require a well-balanced diet consisting of a parrot seed mix, parrot pellets, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Check out the fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list.
Plum-Headed parakeets are not a well known pet and the breeding information is scarce. Breeding season in India is from December to April; from February to May and August to September on Sri Lanka. They nest in hollow tree trunks or branches with a clutch of 4 to 6 eggs.
These beautiful parakeets require a cage large enough to expand the entire wing span. When choosing a cage for your pet, we highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in. These cages provide a practical solution to birdie messes and add beauty to your home.
Plum-Headed Parakeets are gentle, social, and affectionate birds. They are a fairly quite birds and recommended for apartments. They can learn to whistle and make other noises but are not known to speak words.
All pet parrots should have colorful toys, human companionship, a comfortable cage, and good nutrition that will bring years of happiness to both parrot and owner.