The near threatened (IUCN) birds were kept in a cage, ready to be sold on the black market. Grey-headed parakeet (Psittacula finschii) is closely related to the slaty-headed parakeet which together form a super-species. It is found in Southeast Asia from north-eastern India to Vietnam.
Th grey-headed parakeet is often captured in the exotic bird trade and many are locally kept as pets.They tend to be popular in some small villages in southern China and surrounding areas. The constant trapping of birds is greatly affecting the wild population. Deforestation and logging of the bird’s natural forest habitat is also making a negative impact on the parakeet’s population. The country of Laos and its uninhabited forest hills seems to act as a safe haven for the species.