1502. Psittacula cyanocephala cyanocephala

(1502) Psittacula cyanocephala cyanocephala (Linn ).
Psittacula cyanocephala cyanocephala, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 204.
This little Paroquet is found all over Ceylon and India, ascending the Himalayas to an elevation of about 6,000 and 7,000 feet. On the East it extends to Western Bengal, Bihar, Sikkim and the Bhutan Doors.
The Blossom-headed Paroquets are just as entirely birds of civiliza¬tion and of towns and villages as are those of the Bose-ringed species.
Their breeding habits are also much the same but the birds have certain features peculiar to themselves. In the first place, as Hume says, they seem to prefer to cut out their nest-holes for themselves, making neat, circular entrances into them. They also very often breed in company, Hutton says : "Many breed together in the same tree, and they evince a social and gregarious disposition.”
At the same time many birds select natural hollows in trees For their nesting places and many nest all alone.
There is a considerable amount of local movement of these birds for breeding purposes. Aitken (B.) says that the great majority of Rose-headed Paroquets retire to the hills to breed. “In Berar about the middle of June I observed flocks of these birds arriving after an almost total absence of several months.”
Over the greater part of its range most birds breed from February to the end of March, but many birds breed in January. Davidson and Wenden say that in Satara it breeds in December and in the Ghats during March.
In the hills it breeds in March and April, a few birds not laying until early May.
The eggs number four or five in a clutch, though sometimes six are laid. In shape they are rather more spherical than are most Paroquet eggs, but otherwise are quite typical.
Fifty eggs average 24.9 x 20.2 mm. : maxima 26.0 x 20.2 and 25.4 x 21.1 mm. ; minima 22.2 x 19.7 and 23.8 x 19.4 mm

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1502. Psittacula cyanocephala cyanocephala
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Western Blossom Headed Paraquet
Plum-headed Parakeet
Psittacula cyanocephala
Vol. 3

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