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Borrowed from the page on Parrots - These are birds found in most warmer climates such as that of the tropical regions.  Basically, Parrots are usually grouped into two main families. The "true" Parrots -under Psittacidae and those looking like Parrots - Cacatuidae. The Cockatoos are examples.

Existed and split into another sub-group- Lorikeets, can be said to be the third group, Loriidae. But now most often considered a subfamily of the Psittacidae. The latter 2 groups of birds commonly found in Australia and none in Malaysia. Parakeets [meaning long-tail] is a name given to "Parrot" looking birds with long-tails and feather. the majority of Parakeets are either blue, yellow or green. Parakeets are medium size bird with slim body and the tail long, tapered feathers while Parrots have stockier bodies more square tail feathers. The few Malaysian Parakeets fit that description perfectly. What about the larger birds with that profile. For example- the Australian Roselle, these area Parakeets as well. The Lories are differently termed as Lorikeets while the Budgerigar or Budgies are Parakeets.

Parakeets besides being colorful and also graceful birds. They are full of energy, dexterous, constantly on the go and gather in flocks. They are playful and sociable with each other and likewise very quickly with people that they are familiar. This led to the birds being loved a caged birds.

Australia having the most number amounting to 30 species of colorful Parakeets while 27 are found in Central and South America.

Blue-rumped Parrot Psittinus cyanurus
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Long-tailed Parakeet Psittacula longicauda
Vernal Hanging-Parrot Loriculus vernalis
Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot Loriculus galgulus

The Parakeets seen in Malaysia are green and only the Long-tailed Parakeets is obvious. The others seen only in the northern region of Peninsula on odd occasions.


1. Long-tailed Parakeet - Psittacula longicauda longicauda


 Size & diagnostic markings:-

 42 Cm. The bird is 42 cm long. Has a bluish-green mantle, pale turquoise back and the under part is yellowish-green. Then the main features, Head is reddish-pink, deep green crown and black malar band. Then the flight feathers in dark blue. Then a long purplish blue tail streamers.

 Distribution :-  

The bird is resident in the Andaman Seas and then to Sumatra and Borneo Islands.

 Habitats & preferences:-

This is a lowland bird of the bush country. Staying at the canopy level of tall trees with leafless branches

 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:-

The bird is quite common in Pahang, area of Rengit and Raub, then in open fields of disused tin mines in Bidor.

Record of bird's calls :-    and Videos:-

Long-tailed Parakeet    # 1

Long-tailed Parakeet  # 2

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 3

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 4

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 5

Long-tailed Parakeet    # 6

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 7

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 8

Long-tailed Parakeet  # 9

Long-tailed Parakeet  # 13

Long-tailed Parakeet # 14

Long-tailed Parakeet  # 15

Long-tailed Parakeet  # 16

 My personal jottings on the Long-tailed Parakeets.:-

Contrary to the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, the Long-tailed Parakeet is known to wander. Never stays at the same tree or spot longer than necessary. When it comes to their where about, I was unable to see them in the same spot again. So I think the bird is erratic in movements and returning to the same spot last spotted hoping to see them again is futile.

The birds move round in flocks or a few birds. Smallest I have seen was 4 and largest 12 birds. Their presence reminded me about that of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos of Australia. Large flock and announcing their presence loudly. There are gregarious , boisterous birds perched rather high in canopy level. In the old write-up, many are repeating that large flock were seen in Sitiawan area. That was in the 1980's I too met them nesting in dead coconut trunks. Since then, the whole population must be wiped out by the Pet shop trade. The pictures here on this page were taken in Kampong Coldstream area and Mentakab.

Regularly seen in flock of 20 birds in the Taiping Lake Garden and this batch of birds are breeding among the ancient Rain trees for the last few season. The pictures on this page further down, there are quite a number of shots showing birds that do not have the clear pinkish red head sides. Their coloring is giving headaches to ID them or explain the usual colorization.

They feed on flowers and having their young in tree holes. In this first batch of pictures, the female and juvenile separated from the colorful male

Long-tailed Parakeet is also seen in pet shop, but not in the same numbers as the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots

The female Long-tailed Parakeet


Long-tailed [female] # f01

Long-tailed [female]  # f02

Long-tailed [female]  # f03

Long-tailed [female]   # f04

Long-tailed [female]   # f05

Long-tailed [female]    # f06

Long-tailed [female]   # f07

Long-tailed [female]   # f08

Long-tailed [juvenile]    # f09

Long-tailed [juvenile]   # f10

Long-tailed [juvenile]   # f11

Long-tailed [juvenile]    # f12

Long-tailed [juvenile]   # f13

Long-tailed [female]   # f14

Long-tailed [pair]    # f15


2. Long-tailed Parakeet - Psittacula longicauda


This is one batch of pictures that got me frustrated. The bird obviously have red beak, short tails and rather vague pink head sides. From the color of the beak, could say that they are supposedly developing into a male. Was not too sure that they are not males juveniles. So this batch I KIV, pending more information to ID Them

Long-tailed Parakeet  sub-spcies2  # 1

Long-tailed Parakeet  sub-spcies2  # 2

Long-tailed Parakeet  sub-spcies2 # 3

Long-tailed Parakeet    # 4

Long-tailed Parakeet  # 5

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 6

Long-tailed Parakeet    # 7

Long-tailed Parakeet  # 8

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 9

Long-tailed Parakeet  sub-spcies2# 10

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies2 # 11


2. Long-tailed Parakeet - Psittacula longicauda [?]


Another batch of Birds that have characteristic which are not conforming to the Long-tailed parakeet. These birds have red beak, long-tailed  but without the reddish pink head side. In varying angle, I make out the grey head side and grey crown. Some have green crown though.

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 01

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 02

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 03

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 04

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 05

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 06

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 07

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 08

Long-tailed Parakeet sub-spcies3 # 09

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 10

Long-tailed Parakeet   # 11

Long-tailed Parakeet    # 12

Long-tailed Parakeet    # 13


4. Rose Ringed Parakeet - Psittacula krameri


The bird is identical in looks and size with our Long-tailed Parakeet. It is a resident of Indian sub-continent, since the bird is not common, meeting up with one is strange encounter. The bird is green in color except for the pink ring around its neck. So far the bird is a loner and so often mistaken for a Long-tailed as I don't expect them around.

This time again, up north in Penang, I had the picture taken at a distance of over 600 feet. The ID was made through the Binoculars and the shot remain as a record of sightings.


 Size & diagnostic markings:- 40-42 Cm. Has a bluish-green mantle, pale turquoise back and the under part is yellowish-green. Then the main features, Head is reddish-pink, deep green crown and black malar band. Then the flight feathers in dark blue.

 Distribution :-  The bird is resident in the Andaman Seas and then to Sumatra and Borneo Islands.
 Habitats & preferences:- This is a lowland bird of the bush country. Staying at teh canopy level of tall trees with leaveless branches
 In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- The bird is quite common in Pahang, area of Rengit and Raub, then in open fields of disused tin mines in Bidor.

Size & diagnostic markings:-

24 Cm. The bird has a greenish to yellowish green uniform color on the upper and under part. Pale bluish wash on the hind crown [not visible in the bird here] visible deep pink collar around the neck. Upper side of tail in blue wash. Feet yellow to greenish grey Collar on female not distinct.

 Distribution :-  

The range of this bird spread from Africa, Continental and introduced in many other countries. Those seen in Malaysia are feral residents.

Habitats & preferences:-

A lowland bird. This is a bird of open parks. Edge of cultivated areas but more preferences given to open areas with cultivations.

In Malaysia, where can the bird be found:- 

I think the numbers present in the country is so little that they are confined to small pockets of habitats. For me the encounters were in the north in Penang area. Most unforgettable would the rubbish collection center in Pulau Burung.

So beside the accidental meeting up, there is no clue as to set a pattern the type of habitats as to where the bird could be seen. Very rare too was the mention on the bird's encounter nor picture posted.


Record of bird's call :-    and Video:-

More pictures of the Rose-ringed Parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet   # 1

My first picture  # 2

Rose-ringed Parakeet    # 3

Rose-ringed Parakeet    # 4

Rose-ringed Parakeet   # 5

Rose-ringed Parakeet   # 6

Rose-ringed Parakeet    # 7

Rose-ringed Parakeet    # 8

Rose-ringed Parakeet   # 9

Rose-ringed Parakeet   # 10

Rose-ringed Parakeet    # 11

Rose-ringed Parakeet    # 12


My personal jottings on the Rose-ringed Parakeet.

The Long-tailed were often seen as noisy flock, passing by or hovering around their roosting areas  for some time. If they are around cannot miss noticing them of waiting for opportunity of getting good pictures.

But as for the Rose-ringed they too share the habits of making similar type of calls, but only when they were flying off to another perching area. Furthermore their small numbers, I don't think there is a chance of an equivalent size flock.

Of all my encounters, the bird was seen alone or an isolated family of 3. A parent with a juvenile.


After seeing the Long-tailed Parakeets on so many outings and having loads on pictures I am still struggling to identify them properly. There are so many different shades on the cheeks and to establish a fix as to the fact that they are juvenile or sub-adults. I could gather the pictures and group them up with the relevant facts of their sighting for my future deliberations.

Until then, I can only look forward to accumulating more pictures and noting the circumstances under which the pictures are taken, one day those bothering thoughts inside my mind would slowly get converted to good reasoning for my conclusion.