North Africa to the far East.
A wide variety of forest, scrub, and grasslands.
General plumage green, yellowish on under wing-coverts and lower underparts, black chin and broad black stripes across lower cheeks, rose-pink collar encircling hindneck (except on females and young); tail-feathers bluish tipped with yellowish-green; eyes pale yellow and legs greenish-grey.
Typically noisy and unmusical birds, involving an enormous variety of calls. Usually seen in small flocks. They are fearless birds always attracting attention by their constant screeching.
Generally nest in a tree-hollow. 1-12 white eggs (0.5-2 inches) are laid and incubated by the female for 17-35 days. The young remain in the nest for 21-70 days.