Nonnatives - Malabar Parakeet

Malabar Parakeet - Psittacula columboides


Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 2000

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  Not reported breeding.

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives:  Members of the parrot family carry Newcastle disease, identified in 1971, which can infect native songbirds, game birds, domestic chickens and turkeys, and other exotic bird species. The native bird species can be infected by smuggled exotic birds and birds not properly quarantined that are released into the wild. This species also breeds in cavities which might limit the number available to native cavity nesters.

Species Account: Native to India. It is a granivorous species.

Habitats: Central or core urban area.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Pinellas 2000   Not reported breeding 1 seen in Gulfport (Pranty 2001a)


Pranty, B. 2001a. Field observations [summer report: June-July 2000]. Florida Field Naturalist 29:33-40.

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