Animal Stories - Plum-headed Parakeet

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   Bobby is a male Plum-headed parakeet. The Plum-headed female has a gray head and the male's head is grayish purple or plum colored... thus the name Plum-headed!
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Ruchika - 2014-03-23
I found him on the roadside and he is with us from a month and he only has guava and barley. What must we feed him and he is not friendly and we are worried he is afraid. Tell us what to give him and what we have to do to make him play with us.

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  • hira - 2014-04-02
    Hi my plum eats bread dipped in tea or even garevi. He eats corn, strawberries, mangoes, apples...almost all types of fruits. You can try giving them these. :)
hira - 2014-03-31
I have a pair of plum head parakeets. They both are very friendly with me because I am the only one to entertain them. They are very jolly and sometimes become a shouting monkey to get my attention. I love them. I have recently gotten a female parakeet for my mino (male parakeet). She in a few days has adjusted amazingly. But the problem here is that I don't know when they will breed? I want to become aunti of their kids. :) They play with each other and have an open environment, they go from one room to another. I have set some flowers and tree stumps to make my place look like a forest. But when will they breed? I am really worried. Please help me. Want to become aunti hira..

pravin singh - 2013-11-01
i have a small paraket but it is not in talking position i m very sad about so what to do about it to make it talk

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  • Hassaan Shakir - 2014-03-19
    You should cut it's feathers, and say some words to him daily like Hello, what's your name. He'll talk in about 3 or 5 months, If you repeat these this daily.
Mary - 2014-03-17
I have an eight year old female Plum-headed Parakeet that is changing colors to match my male Plum-headed Parakeet. I know she is female because I had her DNA tested as a baby. The male changed colors at two to three years of age. My female has been getting the male colors for the past year! Why would this happen?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Color changes in parrots can be related to illness or a poor diet. Slight shifts in shade or intensity are normal, but a major change to a different color, or small changes along with unusual behavior, can indicate a problem. Your best bet is to take the female to a veterinarian for a checkup.
Chelsea - 2010-03-17
At what age does a male plumhead get its full coloring in? I have found a lady how was a 10 month old male that i want to get but he has hardly no coloring. His head is a little grayish and the rest of him is green. Is this normal. How long do i have to wait for him to be beautiful!?

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  • David - 2010-08-30
    I have a mated pair of these birds, purchased when they were each about 1 year old. At about a year and a half, the male started molting into the purple head, and as of now at almost 2 years it is not complete. I would expect that by 1 1/2 years old you should start to see the black stripe and a little of the brighter color on the head. The red wing patches will also start to show up on a male at this time. It is very obvious to me as I have a certified female sitting right next to him, but the changes are very subtle at first. If the bird is older than this and no red on the wings, no black stripe and no start of a bright purple head, its probably a female. You can always get it sexed at a vet as well.
  • jjmj - 2011-05-23
    when they are 2 to 4 months
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-23
    It takes them at least a year to get their full coloring in. They have to go through their first major molt for all their new (and more colorful feathers) to come through. So let's say your little guy was born in March (breeding season). He would molt to some extent in August or so and then the following August would be his first major molt. So that would be almost 1 1/2 years. They shed their winter feathers(down) in the spring but the molt (where all new feathers come in occurs at the end of summer.
  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    It will take maybe a year or two.My plum head is 30 years old. If you would like to talk,7274085824. I'm Tim. They will eat almost every thing you will. Stay away from apple seeds,poison. Bell pepper seeds are great and they love them.
  • elizabeth - 2012-01-28
    I have a plumhead that is a year old that I thought was female but now I am not so sure because it is starting getting redish marks on its head so I am taking this as its a male instead of a female
  • shehroz - 2013-03-10
    dear in early age the colour of that bird is like or similar to female but after or on attaining maturity the male is turning to redish(purple) colour. you have male bird so donot be confuse
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-01
    The grey head means it's a female. Boys have the bright redish purple colored heads.
  • Rajasekar - 2013-11-14
    At what age Plum head start breeding
  • kizza - 2014-01-06
    They mature and can start breeding usually around 3 years of age.
Jeannie Martin - 2013-09-11
I have a female who's layed her eggs. In the last week she isn't sitting on them very much is this normal at first?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-12
    How many eggs has she laid? Sometimes they won't start sitting on them right away and will wait until the second or third egg is laid. They usually lay one egg every 2 days, so it could take 4-6 days before she starts sitting on them. I hope she starts sitting on them soon! Keep us posted, and good luck!
Prateek - 2013-03-29
I have an infant Plumhead.... hardly 2-3 weeks old. Is anyone familiar with handling such small ones? Would u please tell me how to take care of these birds at this starting age, regarding diet, hand feeding, enclosure, training etc...???

Hadi - 2012-03-01
Hi, I have one pair of plum headed parakeets.
I have some questions:

1.One of males eye has problem and is closed! What should I do?
2.How big a cage should they be in?
3.How can I train them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-01
    Eye closed? This could be an injury but it could also be an allergy. If it is an allergy, the eye(s) should eventually be fine. If it is an injury - you might went to check it and wash with warm water. You could put just a little dab of vaseline on the eye border. Train them? If you have a pair, they are just going to do what they wish to do. It would be very difficult to train them - even to just 'step up' as they will bond with each other. Housing requirements, check out this article on Animal World Parakeet Housing
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-10
    No, they do not tolerate cold temperatures or even extremely hot but definitely not cold.
  • Tracy - 2012-05-09
    You might need to take your bird into the vet about the closing of it. I don't know but do you know how rare these birds are? you should have them in a flight cage or avary with lots of space to fly around and If you had their wings clipped professionaly and then handled them about an hour every day it will not take anytime to train these birds. Have they layed eggs yet? They are hard to breed in captivity. there is a few tricks I could teach you if your are going to breed them. Let me know.
  • Pegasus - 2013-03-29
    I have an infant Plumhead.... hardly 2-3 weeks old. Are u familiar with handling such small ones? Would u please tell me how to take care of these birds, regarding diet, hand feeding, enclosure, training etc...???
Mike - 2012-12-20
A general set of observations about our Plumhead Parrot. Ours (like others here!) is called Jade, a good cross-gender name as we don't know the sex yet. It was raised from just before fledging (so older than usual) and was difficult to feed, making cute 'I'm hungry' noises but not taking to the syringe at all well. It was raised with a Cockatiel and they are now inseparable- even calling to each other from separate rooms and sleeping in the same cage at night. Jade likes many foods, not at all difficult to feed, including seed, corn kernels, fruit and parrot pellets. It also eats grubs! Both birds plus another baby we have still have baby mix once or twice a day. Plummies have a strong beak which is also quite sharp but they don't appear to bite through anger, it's just that Jade likes to chew skin on my thumb! They are strong flyers, very fast and agile, but it pays to cover glass windows and doors as young birds have no idea of the danger from glass. When young they are also a bit clumsy when it comes to landing, especially on shoulders. We love our little guy heaps, despite being one of several hand-raised birds that have the run of the house or verandah or both.

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  • Terri Coker - 2013-03-05
    I purchased a 4yr old Plum last week. He had been in a aviary/pet store the whole time. I was told he's never talked but with 3 days he is saying I love you, Hi, and what'cha doing. He doesn't know how to step up, but is calming down and letting me feed him by hand. My questions is, should they have grit? Not sure of the benefits. I am giving him a calcium supplement and he is progressing well to fresh foods but not to pellets yet. My email is in case I can't get my book mark to work for this page. Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-05
    Hi Terri, On your question about grit... gravel and/or grit is used by birds to help break down seed in the digestion process, but it is only needed for birds that eat the seed whole, like pigeon's and doves. Parrots will hull their seeds and nuts and eat only the soft inner parts, so grit/gravel is not a requirement in their diet. They do need a source of calcium, which you are providing with the mineral block, and you can also use cuttlebone for this.
sumeet - 2011-03-08
Hi I have Plum-headed Parakeet for sale please contact me at

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  • priya - 2011-05-11
    Hello. I am interested to purchase the plum headed parakeet. Can you please give me the details of the rate and place and also age of the birds.
  • Jaie Karve - 2012-12-03
    Hi Sumeet, i am interested in buying a male plum headed parakeet who is hand fed and tame, please let me know the price..