The Alexandrine Parakeet is the largest and most impressive of all the parakeets. Measuring 23 inches in length and weighing 250 grams, this parakeet will easily astonish you with it's beauty. Psittacula eupatria has a natural range that covers the entire Indian peninsula - from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and has even been recorded as high as 5,300 feet in the Himalayas. Very popular as pet birds, they are highly valued in the United States as well as Australia.
Alexandrine Parakeets are mostly a rich green which is brighter on the forehead. They have patches of red on the wing coverts and a blue tail. The beak is red with a large lower mandible making the overall size very impressive. In males, there is a dark black ring that begins at the sides of the lower mandible and fades to the nape of the neck. From there, a bright pink ring connects to the black and is topped with pale blue feathers. It takes at least 2 years for the ring to develop and the female will not have one.
These birds are very hardy and extremely intelligent. The average life span is 40 years with the ability to reproduce for as long as 20 years. Alexandrine Parakeets are rated in the top 10 for talking birds and usually start imitating words as early as 4 months old. They have a clear voice and enjoy communicating with their owner. Along with the joy of talking, Alexandrine Parakeets also have their instinctive "wild call." This sound is very loud and piercing but they usually only demonstrate it a few times a day. Be sure NOT to train your Alexandrine that when he makes this call, you will respond. It is natural for them to do this, so just go along with what you are doing and your pet bird won't learn that his squawk gets your attention. Always try to encourage sounds or words so that when they are excited, you won't have to leave the room!
Most of the size of the Alexandrine Parakeet is made up by the tail, with it being longer than the actual body. This size requires a cage with a lot of height. They are not overly active birds, but they need to be able to move around without breaking their tail feathers. Along with the unusually long tail is the unusually large beak that can be very destructive. They are not going to destroy everything in your house, but they do need to be provided with wood to exercise their beak. As long as they have toys to play with and chew up, they are rather good about leaving other things alone.
An Alexandrine Parakeet's intelligence level is apparent from the beginning. They respond quickly to those they know and trust. Basic commands are acknowledged from a very early age and potty training can be completed by 6 months of age. Alexandrine Parakeets are usually shy as babies, but if properly socialized, they will take to strangers as they mature. While every pet bird usually chooses a favorite human, they easily accept all members of the family. They do great with other pets as well, many even establishing close bonds with dogs and other animals such as rabbits. The Alexandrine Parakeet is an overall great pet bird with the loud voice and cage size being the only possible drawbacks. Their temperament along with their striking beauty definitely deserves everyone's attention.
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