Derbyan Parakeet (Psittacula derbiana)
The Derbyan Parakeet is found in northeast Assam, southeast Tibet, and western China in the provinces of Szechwan and Yunnan. They are mountainous birds that live in
forests of pine and oak.
The Derbyan Parakeet has a general green plumage that gets paler on the nape and middle of
the wings. They have black on their lores and lower cheeks, with a bright blue on their forecrown. The throat, under parts, and under the wings are a lavender-purple and the thighs and vent area are green with touches of blue on some of the feather edges. The central feathers of the tail are blue tinged with green near the base, and the outer feathers are green edged with blue. The upper beak on the male is red with a yellowish tip and the lower mandible is black, while the females beak is all black.
Size and Weight:
The Derbyan Parakeet can reach a size up to 50 cm (20 in). Weight 320g (11.2 oz)
They do seem to prefer birds as companions and shy away from human handling. They have a peaceful personality and make excellent aviary birds. With good socialization
when they are young and regular handling after that, they become very good pets. They are extremely intelligent and can be excellent talkers.
These birds love to chew! Though considered more placid than many parakeets, the Derbyan Parakeet is still very active and can be very destructive. Being a very intelligent bird it needs
lots of stimulation to help prevent boredom.
Approximately 15-20 or more years, depending on nutrition and care.
The information provided in these pages is a quick profile of the species and by no means complete.
More comprehensive information can be obtained from many other sites on the internet.
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