|Scientific Name||-||Psittacula eupatria|
|Life Span||-||30 years|
|Colour||-||green (mutations rarely available such as the lutino, blue, and white)|
They are known as the "gentle birds with large beaks." Not only are they beautiful, they were also considered prized possessions for royalty in Europe. They are playful, energetic, independent, and can also become very good mimics
Alexandrine parrots are not as cuddly as a Cockatoo, but they are very intelligent and interactive. They do need to be well socialized or they may become aggressive and one-person birds. And even though they are more independent than some other species of birds, they do require a lot of time and interaction. Like many parrots, Alexandrines are prone to feather plucking and aggression if not given the proper amount of attention.
Alexandrines aren't best for absolute beginners, but they do make great pets for experienced and not-so-experienced bird owners alike. If you are looking for a bird that is a step up from a small Parakeet or Cockatiel, but not as loud or big as an Amazon or African Grey, then this might be the right bird for you. Just remember that as with any parrot, Alexandrines do require a lot of time and commitment.
Known for their beauty, intelligence, and excellent talking abilities, Alexandrine Parakeets have been popular as pets for centuries. Once reserved as pets for nobility and the elite, these birds are highly regarded by many as some of the best pet parrots available.
Alexandine Parakeets can be quite noisy and loud, so they are probably not a good choice for those who live in close proximity to neighbors. Their powerful voices can carry for miles, so it can be challenging to keep one in an apartment or condominium setting. In addition, they need a far amount of space for their large cage, and for a safe play area. It is recommended that potential owners assess their current living situation closely in this regard before adopting an Alexandrine Parakeet and bringing one home.
If you think that an Alexandrine Parakeet might be the right bird for you, be sure to do as much research on the species as possible before "taking the plunge." Contact local Alexandrine breeders and spend some time with them and their birds. Observe how the birds interact with their owners and other family members. Taking time to make sure that this species is a good fit for you can make the difference between a good or bad ownership experience, so take care not to rush into anything! If, in the end, you find that an Alexandrine is right for you, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful, intelligent, and loyal pet that will be glad to be your companion for many happy years.
A a roomy cage is required as these are large parakeets.
Parakeets in the wild are fast, long distance flyers and need a home that provides them with room to fly and exercise. As a general rule, the larger the cage, the happier your parakeet. Parakeets kept in a cage need to be let out for exercise daily.Maintenance
The basic cage care includes daily cleaning of the water and food dishes. Weekly you should wash all the perches and dirty toys, and the floor should be washed about every other week. A total hosing down and disinfecting of an aviary should be done yearly, replacing anything that needs to be freshened, such as old dishes, toys and perches.Activities
Parakeets are very energetic birds! Besides flying, which is important for all parakeets, these birds love to chew! Be sure you provide them with lots of assorted toys and wood chews, perches and swings.Hunting and feeding
Like all parrot species, balanced nutrition is very important for pet Alexandrine Parakeets. Most pet Alexandrine Parakeets do well on a diet consisting of a high quality commercial pellet and seed mix, and supplemented with lots of fresh bird-safe fruits and vegetables.
Fresh food and water must be provided daily. In the wild, Alexandrine Parakeets eat a variety of seeds, fruits, nuts, blossoms, leaf buds. In addition to these foods, you can offer them vegetables and commercial pellets. They like nuts with the shells cracked, such as walnuts, pecans and almonds. They also enjoy the same nutritional foods humans eat, including cooked chicken. Cooked beans, rice, and grains are also enjoyed, but soft foods like these will spoil in about 4 hours.Reproduction
Unlike many parakeets, the Alexandrine Parakeets do not bond with a mate for life. Each pair will need two nesting boxes to choose from with wood shavings as a bedding. Once the nest box is selected the female will lay two to four eggs. Both parents will sit on the eggs. The young leave the nest about six weeks after hatching. The males don't reach their adult plumage until the second year.
Most parakeets are healthy, hardy birds. Kept under optimal conditions and fed a balanced diet, they are remarkably resistant to disease. An ailing parakeet should be taken to a avian veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.
Parakeet Illness SymptomsParakeet illness symptoms to be aware of are ruffled plumage, resting often with their head tucked under their wing or rump, not eating, discharge from the nostrils or mouth, cloudy eyes, loose watery droppings, weight loss (chest bone starts sticking out), large water intake, labored breathing, opening and closing it's mouth, listlessness, perhaps sitting on the bottom of the cage, stops talking, and growths around the beak.
Parakeet Health Problems:Some of the common parakeet health problems your pet could contract are Aspergillosis - respiratory infection, Candidiasis, cold and sinus inflammations, diarrhea, egg binding, egg pecking, eye infections, feather plucking, frostbite, goiter or thyroid gland enlargement, mites, Pacheco's Disease, parrot fever also known as psittacosis, Salmonella, worms.
Parakeet Behavior Problems:Problems in parakeet behavior usually stem from something missing in the bird's environment. Boredom, lack of trust, lack of interaction with other birds or people can lead to problems like biting, feather plucking, and screaming. Try to develop a bond of trust and spend time with your bird to help avoid these problems.