French: Perruche de l’Himalaya German: Himalajasittich Spanish: Cotorra del Himalaya
Other common names:
Intermediate Parakeet (“intermedia”)
Psittacus (Conurus) Himalayanus
valleys of the Himalayas
Himalayas from NE Afghanistan and N Pakistan E through N India and Nepal at least to Bhutan; recently recorded in Zhangmu (Tibet), next to Nepalese border#R.
39–41 cm. Upper mandible red tipped yellow, lower yellow; head slate grey with black half-collar from chin and throat up sides of neck; body yellowish green, tinged... read more
Commonest vocalization a strident upslurred or overslurred whistle usually with a very grating... read more
Subtropical coniferous and deciduous woodlands, especially deodar (cedar) forest, cultivated areas... read more
Food and feeding
Camphor (Cinnamomum), Cornus, Viburnum and Duranta berries, acorns of Quercus dilatata, seeds... read more
Mar–Jul, staggered with altitude. In Afghanistan old nesting holes of Scaly-bellied Woodpecker (Picus squamatus) commonly... read more
Nomadic in E Afghanistan, but elsewhere clear movements occur to lower-lying areas in winter, often... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally common, but apparently very poorly documented in recent decades; uncommon in China.
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