intermedia regarded by many taxonomists and authors to be hybrid of Slaty-headed
Parakeet (Psittacula himalayana) and Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula
cyanocephala). However it has been discovered that hybrids between these two
subspecies differ considerably from Psittacula intermedia; specimens caught
on the plain of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and described in literature
as Psittacula intermedia do not probably belong to this subspecies.
has been proven that the Psittacula intermedia is a specie of the Psitacula
Genus and not a hybrid of Slaty-headed Parakeet (Psittacula himalayana)
and Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala). The photographs show
the real specie. Compare the hybrid with the specie. Note the dark lower mandible,
which is the most important characteristic for hybrids of Slaty-headed Parakeet
(Psittacula himalayana) and Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala).
Probably forest between 650 m and 3,800 m; in localities also down to 250 m; dry
bushland; secondary forest; regularly raids fruit plantations and rice fields.
Common in localities.
In small groups of 4 to 6 birds outside breeding season; gathers in evening in
larger flocks; in some regions seasonal migration between latitudes; in winter
flocks withdraw to lower latitudes; in some localities associates with Plum-headed
Parakeets (Psittacula cyanocephala), Slaty-headed Parakeet (Psittacula
himalayana) and Ring-necked (Psittacula krameri); flight swift and
Call high-pitched screeching; melodious chattering; much softer than the Slatyh-headed
Seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, flowers and leaf buds; causes considerable damage
to walnut, apple and peach orchards; observed picking up grit from dried-up river-bed.
Medium-noisy parakeet; active; acclimatise newly imported birds carefully; initially
shy; not hard chewer.
Outside flight 3 x 1 x 2 m with adjoining inside area; during acclimatisation
Seed mix of sunflower, safflower, wild bird food, buckwheat, various millets,
canary seed, oats and hemp; millet spray (also sprouted); fruit (apple, berries,
orange), greenfood (dandelion, flowers, chickweed) and vegetables (rose-hips,
half-ripe maize, carrot, sweet pepper, cucumber); eggfood and biscuit for rearing;
provide immatures with regular vitamin C supplement during first year.
4 - 5 eggs.
probably 24 days.