Slaty-Headed Parakeet


The slaty-headed parakeet makes an excellent pet for those who understand its needs and its nature. Initially, this species can be shy and even nervous, but with proper socialization they can become calm and confiding with their owners. Because they tend to get along well with other birds, they can be housed in communal aviaries even with smaller birds. While they do not generally learn to speak, they make melodious chattering sounds and are comfortable with owners who gain their trust.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Slaty-headed parakeets are susceptible to wet, cold conditions, so care should be taken to keep the temperature in their environment warm and consistent. Younger birds in particular are more sensitive to climate changes. They need a wide variety of seed mix in their diet, along with millet, fruit, greens, vegetables, as well as eggfood. Immature birds of this species need a vitamin-C supplement during their first year. Slaty-headed parakeets can be very aggressive toward other Psittacula to other species, especially plum-headed parakeets, during breeding season.

Expert Advice

“Slaty-headed parakeets are medium-noisy, hardy, active birds that, while initially may be shy, grow to be calm and confiding.”

Zahir Rana (

Breed Details

Native Region:
Western Himalayas to Eastern Afghanistan to Vietnam
15.5 to 16 inches
Life Expectancy:
25 to 30 years
Noise Level:
Moderate talk
Talk / Trick Ability:
Low talking ability; fair trick ability