Species group: Psittacula
Other common names: Alexandrine Ring-necked Parakeet, Greater Rose-ringed Parakeet, Great-billed Parakeet, Large Parakeet
Scientific name: Psittacula eupatria
The long, tall Alexandrine Parakeet is a larger-than-life talking parrot named for Alexander the Great, the man who conquered the world – and who is also said to have owned one of these striking birds as a pet. Once a bird of the nobility, this classic pet is respected for its elegance and its ability to retain its independence. These beauties come in several different color mutations.
There are five subspecies of the diverse Alexandrine Parakeet, a hardy, successful species that appears in an astonishing variety of habitats, from the island nation of Sri Lanka, through the India subcontinent, and well into Asia proper, so that the natural range of this species may be as far west as eastern Afghanistan and as far east as Vietnam. They are common and successful in most areas, but they are experiencing habitat loss in peninsular India and trapping for the pet market in Southeast Asia.
All youngsters resemble the dominant females, but adult males come into their full color, including a large rosy collar on the back of their necks, at around three years of age.
250 grams (8.8 oz.)
58 centimeters (23 in.)
25 - 30 years
Behavior / temperament:
Like their smaller relative, the Rose-ringed Parakeet, the Alexandrine Parakeet has the potential to become a good talker if you start the voice training early. If you are seeking a single pet, you should select a domestic hand-fed baby in the color of your choice, and make sure to spend some time socializing with the bird every day. You should also allow the young bird a chance to hear recorded voice lessons several times a day, because these birds can learn to speak with surprising clarity if you start early enough.
Although the wild birds gathering in their colonies are noisy and social, an individual Alexandrine Parakeet is actually rather independent and could be aloof. Some birds could even revert to wildness, becoming phobic or anxious if you neglect them. You need to provide a good balance of time for the bird to interact with you, perhaps sharing dinner with you or practicing tricks and voice lessons. Don't assume that this cool customer is fine playing on its own, hour after hour, day after day. They do need to engage with you, or they will lose the ability to be social.
Because of the long, elegant tail, the Alexandrine Parakeet will be happiest and show off best in the largest cage you can afford. A small macaw cage, provided the bar spacing wasn't too wide, might be the answer. A minimum size could be 36”w by 24' by 36” tall. A single pet should never be asked to share the cage territory with another bird. Females are particularly dominant, but you should maintain the sweetness of your pet by having a separate play gym stocked with foraging toys and other fun things to do. Teach your bird to step up on command onto a perch, so that you can easily move it from cage to gym and back again.
The Alexandrine Parakeet is a tough, adaptable bird, but that's no reason to short-change your pet when it comes to diet. One expert suggests a diet based on 50% high quality pellets, 25% high quality seeds, and 25% fresh fruits and vegetables. The seed should include millet sprays, and the seed mix and sprays should be fresh enough to sprout.
To bring out the best color and to head off vitamin A deficiencies, be sure to offer plenty of high carotene vegetables like carrots, cooked yam and sweet potato, and pumpkin. Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, mustard greens, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, and parsley should also be added to the daily chopped salad.
The elegant Alexandrine Parakeet may enjoy holding holding food to eat, so don't chop the salad pieces too fine. Let them pick up green peas in the pod or quartered fig for a nutritious snack. However, you must never offer avocado or chocolate, as these foods are toxic to parrots.
Written by Elaine Radford
Cutest voice, bright colorful beaks, beautiful long tails, extensive vocabulary, beautiful song
noisier activities, aggressive female, nasty wound, hormonal seasons, messiest pet
Easy keepers, quirkiest bird, super long tail
I was lucky to be able to take this precious animal home with me. She was a masterful con-artist and like to play tricks on me. She often used to say, "Honey, I'm home," to which I got excited and finally realized it was just the parakeet. She was very well trained and so I was able to loosely restrain him. I house trained him and taught him to be friendly with the neighborhood because that was something she would learn to have to do when at the zoo. She is relatively young and mightily friendly with me, hanging out when I am sad and lonely and pathetic. She has become the most recognizable bird in Washington D.C.
From Aquahoya Jul 11 2012 8:07PM
Owning an Alexandrine
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!.
From Christina_ruth Sep 17 2015 7:30PM
I did not actually own these birds. Rather, my grandmother decided she couldn't turn down such cute little birdies, then promptly hurt herself and required surgery. Since she was on bed rest for the next long while, I helped take care of her and her many animals. Yes, that included her demon birds. Loud and irritating, they could be heard from the other side of the house. Not only that, but they had the habit of nipping anything that came near. Ironically, the big cat got it worse. Apparently the classic story of the cat chasing or eating the bird was wrong-rather, the birds were determined to eat them poor kitty one peck at a time! They also were very messing, and seemed to enjoy throwing their food outside of their cage. If you made the bad decision to let them out, they would fly to the nearest wood surface and promptly eat away at it. These things were terrible..
From hihifun Mar 5 2015 12:11AM