Alexandrine Parakeets

Family: Psittacidae Larry is a male Alexandrine ParakeetLarry is a male Alexandrine ParrotPsittacula eupatriaPhoto Courtesy Kristy
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Hi frns, I have a female Alex 2 yrs old and recently I got a male 13 mnts old can anyone guide me how to put dem together into d same cage, as for now I have... (more)  manish

   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.

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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


manish - 2014-10-24
Hi frns, I have a female Alex 2 yrs old and recently I got a male 13 mnts old can anyone guide me how to put dem together into d same cage, as for now I have separated dem into two diff cage sticking each other, for gow long I have to keep dem dis way, looking for help kindly guide me for d same Regards, Manish

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Abhishek - 2014-06-20
Hi all alex lovers! My query is, I bought a male alex of 9 months as claimed by the shopkeeper .. & since I don't have any idea based on his size... I can't figure out whether the shop owner told me the truth about his age! His length is approximately 14inches. & I was also told that as he grows older he will have a ring around his neck. Did he correctly tell me his age? Also it's been 2 days. He is eating fine.. A bit docile & inactive ( just sits picturesque for the major time) but biting good..looks ok from his outside.. And yet hasn't even chirped any sound (maybe once in these 2 days)! Is it because he is adjusting? Or is it something else? Please Help My Veteran alex lovers! :(

  • shelagh - 2014-10-19
    I have had my Alexandrine for 2 weeks. I was also told that the is approximately 8/9 months old. Jasper was very quiet when we first got him and very scared for a few days. After 2weeks he is now very vocal in the morning and will come to the front of the cage to see us. However he will not allow us to get too close, still a bit scared. He has a light ring around his neck. So I believe he is male as females have no black neck. ring. Hope this helps.
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ajit singh - 2014-08-24
Hii,I bought alexdrine parrot from 1 year ago.but I confuse that he is male or female.
When I bought breeder told me he born 5 month ago to my bought.plz help me how recognised that male or female also help female can talk.plz help me

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-29
    Female Alexandrine Parakeets are lighter than males and their center tail feathers are shorter. Also the females won't have a collar or the black stripe crossing the cheek patches.
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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 .

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    No, if he's damaged his feet (I'm guessing he lost part of a toe) it will not grow back. Feathers usually will though.
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