Grey-headed Parakeet (Psittacula finschii)

Grey-headed Parakeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Psittacula finschii | [authority] Hume, 1874 | [UK] Grey-headed Parakeet | [FR] Perruche de Finsch | [DE] Finschsittich | [ES] Cotorra de Finsch | [NL] Finsch grijskopedelparkiet | [copyright picture] John Moore


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Psittacula finschii OR Southeast Asia


Members of the parrot genus Psittacula or Afro-Asian Ringnecked parakeets as they are commonly known in aviculture originates found from Africa to South-East Asia. It is a widespread group, with a clear concentration of species in south Asia, but also with representatives in Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. This is the only genus of Parrot which has majority of its species in continental Asia. Of all the extant species only Psittacula calthropae, Psittacula caniceps and Psittacula echo do not have a representative subspecies in any part of mainland continental Asia. The Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, is one of the most widely distributed of all parrots.

Physical charateristics

Both adults yellow/green in general; dark grey head; black chin and wide stripe across lower cheeks, continuing as thin line around hindneck; inner median wing coverts has small purple/red patch, nearly always missing in female; central tail feathers long (shorter in female); upper tail purple/blue and widely tipped with yellow/white. Red upper mandible, pale yellow lower. Eye pale yellow.

Listen to the sound of Grey-headed Parakeet

[audio: Parakeet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Frank Lambert

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broods: 1   eggs min.: 4  
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Oriental Region : Southeast Asia. India from West Bengal East through Bangladesh, South China, Myanmar and Thailand to Indochina.


Open mixed deciduous forest, secondary growth, cultivation and tea plantations in foothills at 600- 1200 m, though recorded down to 100 m in Assam and up to 3800 m in China; in Indochina apparently more strctly associated with forest.


Nesting in tree cavity, one found 12 meter up with a clutch of 4 eggs.

Feeding habits

Diet includes leaf buds, seeds, fruits and flowers.

Video Grey-headed Parakeet


copyright: Daniel Jimenez


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
The species is evidently affected by habitat clearance but this remains poorly documented. Local and international trade.
Grey-headed Parakeet status Least Concern


Resident, with some seasonal altitudinal movement in response to food availability.

Distribution map

Grey-headed Parakeet distribution range map

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