Alexandrine Parakeets

Family: Psittacidae Larry is a male Alexandrine ParakeetLarry is a male Alexandrine ParrotPsittacula eupatriaPhoto Courtesy Kristy
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hi. frinds . i have alexandrine parrot . his age is 5 months . the problem is he cut his feather and he cut his feet fingers of left feet . my questin is his... (more)  saba

   The Alexandrine Parakeet, like most of the ringnecks, is a very striking bird.

The two Alexandrine Parakeet pictures on this page show the differences in feather coloration characteristic to the ringnecks. Once they have finished their second full molt, the male will have the colored ring going around his head which immature males and females will not have.

To learn more about Parakeets and their needs visit:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Parakeet


Geographic Distribution
Psittacula eupatria
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Psittacula
  • Species: eupatria

Scientific name:

Psittacula eupatria

Distribution:

   The Alexandrine Parakeet is found in Ceylon, eastern Afghanistan, western Pakistan, through India to Indochina, and the Andaman Islands. They live in lowlands and wooded areas such as forests, jungle, and coastal mangroves.

Description:

   The Alexandrine Parakeet belongs in the Psittacula genus, that are known as Ringneck Parakeets. This genus has the distinguishing characteristic of a colored collar going around the head in the males, or a pronounced stripe running through the chin area.
   The Alexandrine Parakeets have a large head and bill, a sleek body and a long tapered tail. The male has a general green plumage with some grayish-blue on the cheeks and a dark purple-red patch on the wing. There is a faint black stripe from the cere to the eye, a black stripe across the lower cheek, and a wide rose-pink collar. The inner tail feathers are bluish-green with light yellow-white tips and a yellow underside. The beak is a deep red with a paler tip. Their average lifespan is 40 years.
   The female is lighter than the male. Females don't have the rose-pink collar or the black stripe across the cheek patches, and they have shorter central tail feathers. These birds grow to a length of 23" (58 cm).

Joey is a female Alexandrine Parakeet Joey is a female Alexandrine Parrot Photo courtesy: Kristy

Care and Feeding:

   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.
See About Parakeets: Care and Feeding for more detailed information.

Housing:

   A a roomy cage is required as these are large parakeets.
See About Parakeets: Housing for more extensive housing information.

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.

Social Behaviors:

   In the wild, these birds live in small flocks during the day, and roost in very large flocks at night.

Handling/Training:

See About Parakeets: Handling and Training for detailed information.
  

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.

Breeding/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.
See About Parakeets: Breeding and Reproduction for more information.

Potential Problems:

   These parakeets have a loud call.
See About Parakeets: Potential Problems for more information.

Availability:

   Alexandrine Parakeets are available from time to time, usually from breeders.

Author: Clarice Brough, CAS
Lastest Animal Stories on Alexandrine Parakeet

saba - 2014-07-27
hi. frinds . i have alexandrine parrot . his age is 5 months . the problem is he cut his feather and he cut his feet fingers of left feet . my questin is his finger will come back or not .

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Dail Malins - 2005-02-19
I have 12 Alexandrines, 8 of which are trained to do tricks, all started by my first boy Kasuku, he made it very clear he knew what I was saying. So for fun I started to train him and his buddies. This blossomed into the troup of eight clowns who love to show off and entertain folks. This we do every weekend.
If you have an Alexandrine as a companion count yourself as one of the lucky people, I see lots of folks saying their Alex is agressive when in the cage, this is very normal. It is his very own piece of real estate and it belongs to only him. As long as he is sweet when out let him have that space. Hey, hey GREEN POWER to all the Alex lovers!

  • Anonymous - 2013-01-21
    Hi sir, I have a 1 month old Alex. It's active and playful. Please tell me how to train my pet.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-04
    Sir, guide me to train and keep my nane healthy and happy. This is my mail id jshreemano@gmail.com so, please mail me and expecting Ur reply.
  • Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-04
    Sir, guide me to train and keep my nane healthy and happy. This is my mail id jshreemano@gmail.com so, please mail me and expecting your reply.
  • Kiran Gowda - 2014-01-14
    Hi..frndz..I'm having onemonth old baby parrot,(alexander )...he's not eAting properly..can anyone suggest me to give some diff foods fr him..I'm frm tamilnadu,...mail me razkiranp3@gmail.com
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CherokeeCandy - 2005-01-01
I removed my three Alexandrines from their nest at two weeks. The three have totally different personalities. All treated the same with am and pm, one on one, as well as group attention. They love their baths and they demand I blow dry them afterwards (this was a daily occurance while I was hand feeding to keep their soft feathers from becoming so dry and mucky). The oldest one is the least friendly, very vicious inside the cage and mellow outside. The middle one, the smartest of all, picks up words constantly at 8 months old and the other two follow its lead. Middle one is very friendly and loves to kiss. Baby is simply a heart stealer. Baby is the clown of the group, extremely passive inside and outside of the cage. Loves to kiss and ride ATVs. Baby will stop playing and run over for a smooch then continue with playing. If a trainer takes a little time with these precious little bodies, marvelous beings can arise.

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Mehnaz - 2011-04-13
Our alexandrine parrot was lost April 7, 2011 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. However, he could have flown further by now. He flew off someones shoulder when he heard a loud noise. He is a male parrot: green body, red beak, black and pink ring around the neck, and long tail. He can say "Neynoo" & come on" & "step up" and make a kissing sound. There is a Cash Reward for his return. If seen or heard, please contact (905) 329-4664 or mezzy786@hotmail.com.

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    I am soo sorry. This does happen frequently. Unfortunately, rarely is one this tame returned. They fall in love with it, get attached. I hope you get him back but if not just hope he has a good home with others who love him too.
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Muhammad Osman - 2006-06-18
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