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Alexandrine Parakeet

Overall satisfaction

4.75/5

Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)

Gender: Male

Appearance

4/5

Friendly with owner

4/5

Friendly with family

3/5

Trainability

4/5

ActivityLevel

3/5

Song-vocal quality

4/5

Mimics sounds-words

5/5

Health

4/5

Easy to feed

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

4/5

Alexandrine. Beauty, Brains and Strength.

By

Auckland, New Zealand

Posted Nov 13, 2015

Alexandrine Parrot (Psittacula eupatria)
A good companion bird for the more experienced bird enthusiast. A small parrot breed, they can be very destructive birds with very strong beaks, best to be keep birds supervised when out of the cage. You are best to house one or two birds in a Large Parrot cage with strong parrot proof bars indoors. If housing outdoors in an aviary, ensure the aviary is provided with appropriate wiring to house Parrots. If buying as a pet, beware of the docile, innocent looking young birds often purchased at a tender, cute age, looking so calm and peaceful, they grow out of that dopey stage very fast. Once they age a few months that large beak becomes a mighty fun weapon to use, this being said, approaching your young bird daily with stick/touch training, hand taming/feeding, constant assurances that it is ok to touch but not bite. Most young Alexandrine hand reared birds will respond well to clicker training and will be happy to approach/work you. Young birds will ‘step up’ onto a shoulder, hand or arm for a little human time almost anytime. Keep in mind their nails will be sharp and may need some trimming at times as they get older/larger, it is best to train your bird at a young age to learn the art of having nails trimmed. Their voice is loud, be prepared to have a loud bird that will match any amount of children’s screams or dogs barking in the sense of volume, the louder the better in their minds. This being said they respond well, and I noticed learn much faster, when you use lowered, quiet voices, our male Alexandrine ‘Peppie’ (Pet, not aviary bird) responded very fast to quietly spoken words when learning a range of new words. Water: Water changes daily, sometimes 2/3 times a day if required as a bird will often poop in the water. Water dropper/auto watering systems need to be very secure/stainless steel as an Alexandrine will chew anything plastic/inferior to stainless steel. Daytime spraying with hand held sprayer will be appreciated and essential when birds are growing through new feathers. Spray daily during sunlight hours/midday. You can offer a water/bathing bowl for swimming, usually best to remove this at night as a wet bird at night can be dangerous to the birds health. Food: Small Parrot Seed mixes are fine, be aware too much sunflower seed can lead to overweight birds. Each bird will find the things they like, offer a range of fruits and vegetables that will delight the Alexandrines, colourful fruit, Dark leafy greens are good, apples, grapes, carrots, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, kiwifruit. Some citrus/limes are favoured. Most fruits they will have a taste of, you can also offer a wholemeal cracker as an occasionally treat. Avoid dairy whenever possible, I noticed it can cause issues with digestion and can make them aggressive over a period of days. Non toxic branches can be offered, Australian bottle brush for example. Use a length/branch that has flowers and seeds if desired. A varied diet is essential for good health and especially important when breeding. Each owner has a set of rules for training individual birds. I personally recommend training at a very young age, start from day one, be patient as that little bird brain is a lot slower than our human brain and some training WILL take weeks. Highly recommend clicker training and touch training as that beak packs a punch. Likes to be petted once trained and will give great kisses when handled regularly. Difficulty 6/10

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