French: Perruche alexandre German: Großer Alexandersittich Spanish: Cotorra alejandrina
Gingee, Tamil Nadu, India
Subspecies and Distribution
P. e. nipalensis
(Hodgson, 1836) – NE Afghanistan and Pakistan E through N India possibly to Bangladesh.
P. e. eupatria
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S India and Sri Lanka.
P. e. magnirostris
(Ball, 1872) – Coco Is and Andaman Is.
P. e. avensis
(Kloss, 1917) – S Assam (NE India) and Myanmar.
P. e. siamensis
(Kloss, 1917) – W & N Thailand E to C & S Indochina.
50–62 cm; 198–258 g. Bill red; head green shading to grey on nape and lower face; black chin and malar bar to side of neck where replaced by broad pink-red bar... read more
Generally loud and harsh, or piercing, and repertoire very varied. Calls include a nasal “kyah”, a... read more
Dry and moist deciduous lowland forest and wooded areas including mangroves, coconut plantations... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits, e.g. guavas (Psidium guajava), and seeds, nectar of Salmalia, Butea and Erythrina, fleshy... read more
Nov–Apr. Nest in hole in coconut palm or large softwood like Salmalia, sometimes the hardwood Shorea and ... read more
Resident, but also nomadic and locally migratory in N India.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considere Near Threatened. CITES II. Common in Pakistan and relatively sparse in India, has declined steeply in Sri Lanka, where now... read more
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