Posted Sep 17, 2015
I got Aaron, my Alexandrine parrot as a baby. Which I think is better in terms of training, especially to be handled by people. Older birds will still mimic words etc, and can be trained to a point, but no where near as easily or quickly as a baby.
My brother and I took him out every day, kept him with us as much as possible, to get used to people and teach behaviour and words.
As with any parrot you do need to clip their wings pretty early on and keep doing this at least every month, or as you notice they have grown back. If you have not done it before I would recommend going to the pet shop or vet and asking them to show you how to do it the first time, as you don't want to cut a nerve and make them bleed by cutting too high up, also if you don't cut enough, they will still be able to fly.
Also, they have scratchy nails, so it's good to put sandpaper/shelly grit paper around one of the perches in the cage for them to scratch their feet on.
This is a tropic type of bird, needs nectar. This is easily done by making honey water, feeding fresh fruit and fruit juice, and leaving bits of fruit in the cage. You should also put some seeds as well, they need and will eat both.
Aaron loves flowers, brightly coloured ones, for no other reason than to rip them to pieces with his beak for fun, but it's good to give them something to do like that, even pulling leaves off sticks (just make sure they aren't poisonous kinds).
He also loves being sprayed with water. If you empty out and clean a spray bottle, any one from cleaning products will do as long as you can set it to 'mist' and then just spray through the bars, or while the bird is out, like a tropical rain shower, most parrots will love this.
It took over a year for his full markings to show up, extra colours, darker rings etc, so don't be surprised if when you get a baby bird, it seems rather green, they do actually grow into their feathers and get more pinks etc.
Easy to hand train, and like to be with people
Eat a variety of food that isn't too expensive or hard to get
Can mimic words and sounds, love to whistle
Not as expensive as bigger more colourful parrots
As with any bird, grooming, clipping wings, nail care, beak care
The colours can take a year to show up fully, so it'll seem mostly green at first
Not as good at pronouncing words as bigger birds and some other breeds, it is better at whistling than speaking
Likes to fly, hey it's a bird thing, but this one had guts, even with wings clipped tried to fly and fell down from some high heights, you gotta watch out for that.
I would recommend getting an Alexandrine parrot, and would be happy to answer any questions if anyone wants to send me a message. Happy bird buying!