The Blue-winged Parakeet, also known as the Malabar Parakeet is a species of parakeet endemic to the Western Ghats of southern India.
Found in small flocks of four or five, they fly rapidly in forest clearings while making screeching calls that differ from those of other parakeet species within their distribution range.
Adult males and females can be easily told apart from the colour of their beak.
This species is sometimes traded although now illegal within India. It was known in the pet trade as the “Bababudan Parrot” and acquired a misleading reputation as a superior talker.
The Malabar Parakeet is considered one of the quietest Asiatic parrots.
They feed on seeds, fruit, flowers, buds and nectar.