Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Feb 15, 2013
The alexandrine parrot is a beautiful bird and very good vocally. The bred does have the ability to bite and potentially leave a nasty wound. But if trained and handled from a young bird l have found they are a great bird to interact with and very trustworthy.
I have owned a number of Alexandrines, l have had a number of breeding pairs which l did have a lot of difficulty in breeding. Not sure if it was something l was doing wrong or not. The breeders were never comfortable with me in the aviary and would always keep well away from me, while the hand raised "Frankie" would always fly over and sit on me or near me. Even though Frankie was placed in the aviary for over 12 months he never stopped talking (copying human words) and he never forgot me.
Frankie is now back in the house and lives in his cage but is occasionally allowed out. He has never bit any of us and loves to chat. Very easy to care for, is very happy with a quality parrot mix and the odd piece of fresh fruit. Frankie has a great personality and talks much much more when he knows you are talking to him. Quick to pick up new words and is quite clear in mimicking the words he is saying. A great bird and a great pet, but be aware they can bite and the bite does have a powerful punch to it