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Alexandrine Parrot/Parakeet

 

Alexandrine Parrots Australia is the home of quality alexandrine parrot/parakeet, hybrid alexandrine colour mutations and ringneck parrot/parakeet mutations, located in far north queensland, australia.
Specialist bird breeder of quality blue, violetblue, and lutino alexandrine parrot/parakeet mutations, as well as stunning cobalt, violetblue, and lacewing ringneck parrot/parakeet mutations.

Alexandrine Parrots

(Psittacula eupatria eupatria)

The Alexandrine parrot owes his name to "Alexander the Great" who introduced these birds from India into Europe.

Besides the main species there are 4 subspecies which occur scattered through out South East Asia

  1. Nepalese Alexandrine
  2. Andaman Alexandrine
  3. Loas Alexandrine
  4. Burmese Alexandrine

The Alexandrine parrot is predominantly green coloured. The secondary tail is yellow, while the two longest tail feathers are blueish at the top. There is a broad red spot to be found on each shoulder at the wings, which they posses from an early age. The upper beak is bright red with a light tip, the lower mandible is red.

Adult males have a broad neckring which is black at the front and pink at the back of the neck. Males also have a narrow black line from cere to eye, besides this they have a bigger and flattened head when compared with the female. Mostly the males have a blue haze just above the ring on the back of neck. The eyes are black with soft yellow iris. The total body length averages around 58 cm.

Females are distinguished from males by the absence of the black/pink neckring, sometimes females exhibit a slightly darker green feathering around their neckring region.

Juvenile birds look like females, but with much shorter tail feathers.


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Birds start breeding around late winter early spring while the weather is still cold. The courtship of the males is very similar to that of Indian Ringneck Parrots, he is often seen bowing and swaying from side to side with wings partially extended. The eyes are often narrowed and then dilated in quick succession to attract the female.

Nesting boxes should measure around 30 - 35cm square and 60 - 80cm in height,with an entrance around 10 cm.

The clutch sizes vary from an average of 3 - 5 eggs which are bred for about 24 days. At around 8 weeks the youngsters will fly and look just like females.

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Young males "colour up" around 18 months to 2 years, although some males have been known to develop their neckring around 1 year old. This is generally when birds reach their sexual maturity, however exceptions are a regular occurrence. 

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