Psittacula

The Psittacula genus includes 15 species and several subspecies. Most species have an overall green plumage and different colors on the head. The bill is large and strong and the tail is long.

The genus is geographically widespread with most species found in South-East Asia but also Africa and some islands in the Indian Ocean.

They are commonly known as  Afro-Asian ringnecked parakeets. They are good flyers and should be kept in a spacious aviary. Most species may appear aggressively and should be kept in pairs.

The Rose-ringed Parakeet is one of the most widely distributed of all parrots and was the first bird to be breed in captivity. People in India started breeding these birds more than 3,000 years ago introducing several colour mutations. They were admired for their beautiful colors and ability to speak and was considered a popular status symbol in Indian culture. Even the royals prized the Rose-ringed Parakeet. It was the first parrot to be introduced in Europe, where the Greeks started breeding these beautiful parrots.

Species

Psittacula alexandri
Red-breasted Parakeet

Psittacula calthrapae
Layard’s Parakeet

Psittacula caniceps
Nicobar Parakeet

Psittacula columboides
Malabar Parakeet

Psittacula cyanocephala
Plum-headed Parakeet

Psittacula derbiana
Derbyan Parakeet

Psittacula eques
Echo Parakeet

Psittacula eupatria
Alexandrine Parakeet

Psittacula exsul
Newton’s Parakeet

Psittacula finschii
Grey-headed Parakeet

Psittacula himalayana
Slaty-headed Parakeet

Psittacula krameri
Rose-ringed Parakeet

Psittacula longicauda
Long-tailed Parakeet

Psittacula roseata
Blossom-headed Parakeet

Psittacula wardi
Seychelles Parakeet

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