Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-headed Parakeet (Psittacula finschii)


French: Perruche de Finsch German: Finschsittich Spanish: Cotorra de Finsch
Other common names: Finsch's Parakeet

Palæornis Finschii

A. O. Hume

, 1874,

Kollidoo, 3500–5000 feet [c. 1000–1500 m], upper Salween River, Myanmar


Long considered conspecific with P. himalayana, but the two recorded within 25 km of each other in N Bengal and SE Bhutan; other evidence, however, suggests that individuals are convergent in this region; separation as two species therefore remains provisional, but supported by differences in plumage, size (finschii smaller) and “markedly distinct” vocalizations#R. Monotypic.


India from N West Bengal E through, Assam, S China, Myanmar and Thailand to Indochina; very rare in Bangladesh.

Descriptive notes

36–40 cm. Very similar to P. himalayana but smaller with longer tail feathers, slightly paler head, yellower upperparts and darker blue-green underwing-coverts... read more


Commonest vocalization a strident upslurred pleasant-sounding whistle, “pweEEh!”. When perched,... read more


Open mixed deciduous forest, teak forest, secondary growth, cultivation and tea plantations in... read more

Food and feeding

Leaf buds and developing cherry (Prunus) fruit, letpan flowers and flowering climbers, seeds of Dendrocalamus longispathus... read more


Jan–Mar in C & S Myanmar. Nest with 4 eggs recorded c. 12 m up in Xylia dolabriformis tree.


Mainly sedentary, with local altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Commonest Psittacula in some areas of W Myanmar, with up to 100 seen daily, 1995. Locally... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Grey-headed Parakeet (Psittacula finschii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 March 2018).