Derbyan Parakeet

Derbyan Parakeet

Scientific Classification

Common Name
Derbyan parakeet
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittacidae (true parrots)
Genus Species
Psittacula (parrot) derbiana

Fast Facts

Description
These parakeets have a lilac breast and abdomen. The nape, back, and wings are emerald green with large yellow-green patches on the wings. The tapered tail is blue. The face is gray with an iridescent blue-green wash, large black moustache-shaped markings on the lower cheeks and neck, and a black line above upper mandible that runs back to the eyes.
Males are distinguished from females by their bright coral-red upper mandible, tipped in yellow. The lower mandible is black.
Size
Approximately 33 cm (13.2 in.)
Weight
Approximately 228.6 g (8 oz)
Diet
Includes wild figs, wild and orchard fruit, flowers, nectar, berries and leaves
Incubation
20–30 days
Clutch Size
2–4 eggs
Fledging Duration
12 months
Sexual Maturity
Approximately 2–3 years
Life Span
Approximately 15–20 or more years
Range
Southeastern Tibet, western Szechwan and northwestern Yunnan, China
Habitat
Inhabits forests, orchards, and cultivated crop areas
Population
Global: Unknown
Status 
IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Appendix II
USFWS: Not listed

Fun Facts

  1. The bills of Derbyan parakeets are designed to nest in tree cavities that woodpeckers have previously dug out.
  2. Their markings are great for camouflage among the trees. The green and black feathers are perfect in matching them with the sun shining through the trees.
  3. These parakeets are very noisy and are often spotted in flocks of about 40 individuals.
  4. There are several different color variations between subspecies that depends on distribution.

Ecology and Conservation

Because these parakeets have fast digestive systems, the fruits, berries, and other seeds they eat help to disperse the seeds. This in turn propagates the plant life in the rainforest.

These birds are protected but not threatened other than by pet trade. The U.S. Wild Bird Act forbids the commercial import of any bird listed by CITES which includes most parrots, which are endangered or threatened.


Bibliography

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Forshaw, J.M. Parrots of the World. New Jersey. T.F.H. Publications, Inc. 1978.

Gotch, A.F. Birds - Their Latin Names Explained. UK. Blandford Books Ltd., 1981.

Marrison, C. and A. Greensmith. Birds of the World. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Inc. 1993.

Perrins, C. (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Birds. New York: Facts on File Publications. 1985.

Peterson, R. Handbook of Birds. Boston. Houghton Mifflin Company. 1980.

Simpson, D.P. Cassell's Latin Dictionary. New York Macmillan Publishing Company. 1959.

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