Rescue / shelter organization
Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Posted Apr 23, 2009
Alexandrine ringenecks are the largest of all the "parakeets" (Parakeet refers to the long tails) The are also known as the poor man's parrots. Mant people associate pirates with amazons, but actually many had Alexandrines instead.
Do not confuse these with the indian ringnecks (IRNs) which come in a variety of colors. Alexandrines are green birds, with adult males having a black and rose rings around their necks. They look like stuffed birds when sitting still. We have been accused of having "stuffed parrots" on big cages - that is until the bird looked at the person. Alexandrines are not cuddle birds. They tolerate petting and scritches, but much prefer to just be with you. Tight feathered, beautiful long tails and a elegant stance that make them both beautiful and special.
Alexandrines are known to be easily tamed and trained. They are alarm birds and if something is wrong they will scream until the threat is gone or until you tell them that it is ok, do not try to tell them that without checking it out either - these are not dumb birds! In my pictures Herra, a female was getting ready to breed and had pulled a few feathers for her nest.
These birds require large cages to accomodate their long tails. I love these parrots and those I have are well loved and spoiled. These birds are also big chewers - make sure you have lots of wood or phone books for them to chew.