Time with the plums
Spent some good time with the plum headed parakeets. Getting close to them in spite of many watchful eyes was a nice experience. This being the mango season, a flock of about 20 birds came early morning to feast on the unripe mangoes. There were about 5 trees. They had plenty of mangoes to choose from and every bird wanted the best. The birds would fight and screech at their loudest!! They would walk like a boss on the branch towards the mango. One can spend hours without getting bored by just watching their behavior. It is quite interesting and sometimes funny!!
Isolating one bird, getting a neat background was very challenging. These birds usually would be on the periphery of the tree which is under direct sunlight and mostly feasting on mangoes with thick cover of leaves. Two individual birds were bold enough to get under the trees in shade. This image is of one of them.
The Plum-headed Parakeet is a parakeet endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Along with ''Psittacula roseata'' of the Himalayas it was sometimes known by the name of Blossom-headed Parakeet which is now used to refer only to ''Psittacula roseata''. Plum-headed Parakeets are found in flocks, the males having a pinkish purple head and the females, a grey head. They fly swiftly with twists and turns accompanied by their distinctive calls.