Bird Profile Plum Headed Parakeet

Plum Headed Parakeet Bird Information

The Plum Headed Parakeet is a very beautiful medium-sized bird. This Asian parrot makes an excellent pet because it is less aggressive and possessive than other parrot species and gets along well with others. It requires less time from its owner than many other parrots, but it still requires regular interaction to remain socialized.

Plum Headed Parakeet

Natural Habitat

These birds, like other parakeets, can be found all over the Indian subcontinent. They are exceptionally fast flyers, and their flocks can be seen zipping around at great speeds, twisting and turning. They are a common sight in India, where they can be seen in their natural habitats such as forests, sparse woodland, Himalayan foothills, and cities and villages.

Pet parakeets have been reported as early as the 1760s, but they have a long history. These parrots were originally revered by Alexander the Great for their beauty and mimicry.



Plum Headed Parakeets are normally kind, friendly, and endearing birds with their owners, yet they might be wary of outsiders. They are relatively quiet for a parrot, therefore they may be the best choice for bird owners who live in apartments or other close-knit housing conditions.

When Plum Headed Parakeets are hand-fed as newborns, they can grow highly tame and form strong bonds with their owners. This bird requires less time from its owner than many other parrots. Regular interaction, however, is still required to maintain human bonding. Those who are unfamiliar with Psittacula species must understand that many of these birds will go through a bluffing phase before reach adulthood.

This phase is solely hormonal in nature and gives no indication of the bird’s personality once it reaches adulthood. Birds who are handled on a daily basis tend to be tame and bond well with their owners.

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When it comes to plumage coloring, parakeets are often thought to be plain, yet with these vibrant colors and unusual embellishments, the Plum Headed parakeet is nothing short of stunning. They’re primarily a vivid, tropical green, darker on the wings and lighter on the rest of their bodies.

Males have a dark red head with purple features on the back of the neck, while females have a purplish grey head. Males also wear a tiny black collar around their necks and a crimson patch on their shoulders. These uncommon and intriguing combinations distinguish the Plum-headed Parakeet in the bird world.

The Plum Headed parakeet looks a lot like the other members of its family. Adults grow to be 13 inches (33 cm) long on average, with a tail that can grow to be 9 inches (22 cm) long. This is a distinguishing feature shared by all parakeets. With a medium wingspan and such a lengthy tail, this parrot requires a lot of space.


Health Condition

Although Plum Headed Parakeets are very robust birds, they can be harmed by damp, chilly circumstances. Polyomavirus, sarcocystosis, aspergillosis, and psittacosis are among prevalent avian diseases that affect this species.

In the wild, this bird primarily eats on fruits and seeds. Plum Headed Parakeets, like other parrots, thrive in captivity when fed a diet of high-quality seed and pellet mix supplemented daily with fresh, bird-safe fruits and vegetables. A bird can consume up to 1 spoonful of food every day.

In the wild, Plum Headed Parakeets are rather busy birds. These birds must have an exercise and play area in captivity. These birds should be permitted to spend at least 3 to 4 hours every day outside of their cages, in a safe, bird-proofed play area. Always keep an eye on this spare time to avoid mishaps and injury. This exercise and engagement time is intended to maintain a plum-headed parakeet healthy and social.