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Date:8/21/2014 2:17:34 PM
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Hello Oz~
I hope you are enjoying the day! It's pretty here this morning and I am spending a little time fluffing up my feathers. I have been doing some molting but the amount of fluffies that are coming off me is getting less and less each day! Mom is happy about that because I get a bit cranky. I have taken a few showers so I'm sure that helps. I don't like water very much so I suppose I'll be happy when I'm done also!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Today's parakeet is the Malabar Parakeet. They are also known as the Blue Winged Parakeet.

These parakeets come from the Western Ghats area of western India. The Ghats are mountain ranges that run along the west and east coast of India . The Eastern Ghats runs parallel with the Bay of Bengal and the Western Ghats runs parallel with the Arabian Sea.

Malabar parakeet like to live in tall trees. Unlike the other ring necked parakeet, Malabar live in small flocks of 4 or 5 birds. They are known to have loud calls that can be heard from very far away.

Just like the other Asiatic Parakeets, you can tell the boys from the girls without a DNA test. The boys have gray heads with a black and green ring around their neck. They also have green around the beaks and cheeks. Their beak is a crimson red. The girls only have the black ring around their neck and their beak is black.

They like to eat figs, flowers, leaf buds, pollen, seeds, small nuts and nectar. They are sometimes considered pest because they can do some damage to the crop! HEY! A bird has to eat, right?

It is illegal to capture these birds in India. There habitat has gotten smaller and there were too many birds being trapped to sell overseas so the government put a stop to it. The Malabar Parakeets are not endangered but the Indian government decided not to wait. I must say I am very impressed that the Indian government seems to protect their wild flocks!!

I could not find any Malabar Parakeet for sale in the United States and they are not even listed on the BC species list. They seem to be very popular in Australia and Great Brittan.

Thank you for your time and be sure to check out pictures of the Malabar Parakeet in my gallery. They really are beautiful birds!

Please keep supporting Coach Muffin as she runs for BOTM! Thank you all for the votes and keep them coming!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar
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