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Derbyan Parakeet live in India and southern China, including south-eastern Tibet, western Szechwan and western Yunnan.
They feed on pine seeds, flowers, leaves and berries.
They can live between 20-30 years.
Females lay a clutch of 2-4 eggs and will nest in tree-holes. Incubation lasts around 24 days. Adult plumage is attained by two years.
About the Derbyan Parakeet
The Derbyan parakeet, also known as Lord Derby’s parakeet, is a unique and beautiful species of parrot native to the hilly and mountainous terrains of India and Tibet, as well as the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China. Derbyan Parakeets often nest in tree cavities previously excavated by woodpeckers.
The Derbyan parakeet has a lilac breast and abdomen. The nape, back, and wings are emerald green with large yellow-green patches on the wings. Males are distinguished from females by their bright coral-red upper mandible, tipped in yellow.
Did you know?
Their scientific name ‘derbiana’ commemorates Edward Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby. He was an eminent natural historian who maintained a menagerie in Knowsley Safari Park.