Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-headed Parakeet (Psittacula himalayana)


French: Perruche de l’Himalaya German: Himalajasittich Spanish: Cotorra del Himalaya
Other common names: Himalayan Parakeet, Intermediate Parakeet (“intermedia”)

Psittacus (Conurus) Himalayanus


, 1832,

valleys of the Himalayas


Formerly considered conspecific with P. finschii (which see). Artificial hybrids of present species and P. cyanocephala have been shown to be responsible for the form treated in HBW as P. intermedia#R. Monotypic.


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.

Descriptive notes

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.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2020). Slaty-headed Parakeet (Psittacula himalayana). 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 21 January 2020).