Alexandrine Parakeets or Raw Parrots
- Common Name: Alexandrine Parakeet
- Latin Name: Psittacula Eupatria
- Country of Origin: Pakistan, Kashmir, Sri-lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, India.
- Size: Almost 23 to 25 inches—58cm
- Weight: 230-250 gram (8.7-9.1)oz
- Egg clutch: 2-5eggs
- Incubation: about 24days
- Lifespan (estimate): approx. 20 or more years. Can attain 40 years of age
Alexandrine Parakeets is a very beautiful and popular pet bird that was named after alexander the great.
Many specimens of this bird are credited with being exported from Punjab to different European and Mediterranean countries and regions where they were considered a valuable commodity for nobbles and royalty.
These Parrots look very similar to Indian Ringneck Parakeets; however, there are differences to the trained eye. It is a loving bird that is one bird and forms a deep bond with its human guardian.
Alexandrine Parakeets in wild:
These parakeets can be seen making small flocks and can be seen on the ground foraging for food in the wild. In the wild, they feed a variety of food. All dine on blossom, fruits, and seeds.
During the breeding season, all parrots are pair up to raise their offspring. The female will find a hollow nest cavity, usually inside a large tree, and incubate the eggs, whereas the male alerts for danger and feeds the female.
Alexandrine Parrots are still not common in captivity compared to their other Asiatic Parakeets. In Pakistan Alexandrine Raw Parrots are common in captivity, every year thousands of people purchase their babies for Handtame and talking.
It is an active species, like water (bathing, misting, and showering), and readily accepts and deserves and/or new foods.
Bird enthusiasts can sometimes find these parrots at a bird show or through exclusive breeders. It is unfortunate because these parrots are easy to breed and make fantastic.
A Pet Alexandrine Parrots:
Alexandrine Parrots are very beautiful and active birds. Housing a pet alexandrine parrots require a large cage to fly. They need exercise to maintain their physical health.
They need good space to move around without damaging their long, beautiful tail feathers. The cage wire of raw parrots must be thicker because they can easily break up most thin wires.
The ideal bar spacing is an inch apart. If the spacing is larger than an inch, the parrot could get its head stuck. A grill must be installed at the bottom of the cage to keep birds away from waste spoiled or spoiled food.
Food and Water bowls should never be placed under perches as they can quickly become contaminated with droppings and make the parrot ill. Must clean the cage, food, and water bowls twice a week.
- Cage Space: Ideally, a minimum cage size 36*24 inches for Alexandrine Parrots. The height should also be 36inches.
- Perch size: Minimum 3 sizes or shapes & texture; ideally 1 inch (1-inch square) or 3cm diameter.
Alexandrine Parrot’s adult around 18months of age. Adults are sexually
dimorphic. Adults males have a black stripe across their low cheeks and a pink band on their nape. Adult females lack both a black stripe across their lower cheeks and a pink band on their nape.
The male will develop their ring around 18 months and will have the full ring visible by three years. The young are alike in appearance to adult females but have shorter tails.
Alexandrine Parakeets breed from November to April in their native Range. In the wild Raw/Alexandrine Parrots can breed once a year. But in captivity, you can take the breed twice if you pick up the chicks on Handfeed.
Breeding Pairs should be set up in a single portion cage (one pair per cage). These Birds cannot breed in colonies as they become aggressive protecting their nest boxes and their offspring. Most fights during the breeding season can easily lead to serious injury or death.
When breeding season approaches, place a deep nesting box inside the aviary. Once the female is ready to start breeding, she will spend many hours inside the box. Breeders place wood shavings in the bottom of the breeding box Average clutch size is 2-4eggs.
The average incubation period is 28days usually starting with the laying of the second egg. Once the chick hatch mother will feed them every few hours. The babies will leave their nest around seven to eight weeks.
These Parrots are relatively popular pet birds due to their long lifespan in captivity, playful behavior, and ability to mimic human speech. It is ideal for outdoor aviaries and cannot tolerate temperature less than 5oC.
They breed well in aviaries. Alexandrine parakeets(read-more) is one of the oldest captive parakeet species on the Eurasian continent.
Diet of Alexandrine Parakeets:
Alexandrine parakeets eat everything a human eats. Seeds and pellets are an important based diet of raw parrots, clean their food with a seed cleaner machine before serving.
Not only this, Provide them Fresh, Washed, and Dried fruits and vegetables on daily basis.
These Parrots enjoy steamed carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. Fruits such as apples, pears, oranges, and kiwis should be kiwis for the bird.
Provide calcium items such as cuttlefish, crushed oyster shells, shell grit, or calcium blocks. Inbreeding season use Moringa Olifera powder for better breeding results.
Shelled nuts such as hazelnuts, almonds, and peanuts are highly enjoyed by the parrots. All of these nuts contain too much fat however they should be minimized.
Some breeders or owners recommend not to give peanuts to their parrots as there is a chance of developed bacteria that can cause harm. Foods to avoid are Dairy Products (milk, tea, coffee), sugary candies, avocado, alcohol, and chocolate.
This bird has an excellent capacity for imitating human speech clearly. They are good talking parrots. Its calls are deeper than Indian Ringneck Parakeets. They generally start talking around 8 to 10 months.
Common Health Problems:
Alexandrine Parrots (Raw Parrots) are relatively healthy birds; however, they are exposed to these some conditions:
- Polyomavirus: Serious disease or deadly virus; hatchlings and juveniles are most at risk.
- Psittacosis: Also known as parrot fever, this disease is human-caused by the chlamydia bacteria.
- Aspergillosis: Infection, a respiratory problem caused by the fungus Aspergillus.
Image Thanks to Charles-Lam(commons. Wikimedia), Rafael Ishkhanyan(Unsplash)