Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Nicobar Parakeet (Psittacula caniceps)


Taxonomy

French: Perruche des Nicobar German: Graukopfsittich Spanish: Cotorra de Nicobar
Taxonomy:

Palæornis caniceps

Blyth

, 1846,

Nicobar Is

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Nicobar Is: on Great and Little Nicobar, Menchal and Kondul.

Descriptive notes

56–61 cm; 224 g. Bill red above, black below; head pale grey with black frontal band extending to eye and broad black band from lower mandible and chin to sides of neck... read more

Voice

Not well documented. Vocalisations overall loud and raucous, including a crow-like drawn-out “... read more

Habitat

Tall forest.

Food and feeding

Ripe fruits of Pandanus extensively used.

Breeding

No information from the wild. An egg laid in captivity measured 38·2 mm × 25·6 mm.

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Apparently common; many birds are caught for the... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Nicobar Parakeet (Psittacula caniceps). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54576 on 21 September 2018).