The Alexandrine Parakeet (Psitacula eupatria) is a medium-sized bird in the Psittacidae family of parrots.
The Alexandrine Parakeet has mainly green feathers with a light blue-grey sheen on its cheeks and nape (back of the neck). Its belly is yellow-green ad it has a red patch on its shoulders. Its tail is green and blue with a yellow tip, and its undertail is yellow. It has a large, thick, red beak with yellow tips.
The male has a black stripe across his lower cheeks and a pink band on its nape. The female does not have a stripe on her cheek or nape.
It grows to 56-62 centimetres (22-24 inches) tall, including its tail. Its tail measures 28-35 centimetres (11-14 inches).
The Alexandrine Parakeet is native to Asia, in countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. It prefers forests, woodlands, mangrove forests, and farmlands.
It eats seeds, buds, fruit, and nuts.
It lives in small flocks.
The Alexandrine Parakeet nests in tree hollows. The female lays 2-4 white eggs, which hatch after about 24 days. The chicks gain their flight feathers after about 49 days, and are independent after 3-4 months.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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