Alexandrine Parakeets

Family: Psittacidae Larry is a male Alexandrine ParakeetLarry is a male Alexandrine ParrotPsittacula eupatriaPhoto Courtesy Kristy
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Alexandrine parrot (age around 1 year) with me in one month. He like to eat sunflower seeds only?! I gives him different type of fruits and veg. but few fruits... (more)  Suresh John

   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


   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.


   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).

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.


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


   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.


See About Parakeets: Handling and Training for detailed information.


   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.


   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.


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

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

Suresh John - 2015-11-10
Alexandrine parrot (age around 1 year) with me in one month. He like to eat sunflower seeds only?! I gives him different type of fruits and veg. but few fruits like apple, grape, guava, corn only he eats. Others like rice, orange, pineapple, banana, carrot, cucumber, beans, any leafs he not eat? what i would do? any suggestions please..


Suresh John - 2015-11-09
before 45 days I bought an alexandrine parrot. Can I get an idea about his age and sex?? (Shop-keeper told me it’s around 8 months old male!) He/she owns Bigger beak, very long tail, showing very slight blackish color in neck that under the beak. I keeping him on a perch outside the cage whenever I am in home and I taught him step-up and hand feed. He/she is eating and drinking and playing enough but the problem never make whistles or sounds? And still trying to bite me?!!

What you feel: its male? Hold he is? He will make sounds afterwards? He stop biting habit in future?


Ahmad - 2015-08-29
I bought a alexandrine parrot he's 1 year and 5 month this is my first time of getting an alex parrot , i have one question if he didnt talk before can i try to train him to talk some worlds in this age or he's old to learn, please i need your oppinion and experience , by the way i tame him and he can eat from my hand and he step up to my fingers

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-09-06
    All parrots can learn to talk some, but unfortunately the Alexandrine is not one of those noted for a great talking ability. You can try and train him, but don't be disappointed if he doesn't become a great talker.
  • Anna - 2015-09-26
    You can still train your Alex to speak. But first become very friendly with him so that he feels very comfortable to be with you and slowly start your training and don't forget to appreciate him or to give him a treat.
krish - 2015-09-17
what size nesting box for a pair of alexandrine is needed for breeding and type pictures if possible many thanks Krish

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-09-24
    These birds are larger, streamlined parakeets so they need a deeper nesting box, or one that is shaped like a boot. Dimensions: 24 inches (60 cm)deep, and 12 inches (minimum) to 16 inches in width (30 - 40 cm).
matloob sabir - 2015-08-16
I want to buy Alexander female I have male please do me a favour

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  • Dakota - 2015-07-27
    Do you have any parakeets