The Alexandrine parakeet which is also referred to as the Alexandrine parrot is native to Asia, notably Eastern India (Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad) and Sri Lanka. It is recognized as being among the vast parakeet species globally, now habitually found in other places like Germany, southern England, and western Turkey.
This beautiful mid-sized bird is independent and intelligent, added to being relatively calmer and stronger than its Indian ring-necked parrot cousins. The Alexandrine parakeet is named after emperor Alexander the Great (356 B.C), who exported them to the Mediterranean and Europe where it became very popular.
- Kingdom – Animalia
- Sub kingdom – Bilateria
- Phylum – Chordata
- Subphylum – Vertebrata
- Class – Aves
- Order – Psittaciformes
- Superfamily – Psittacoidea
- Family – Psittaculidae
- Subfamily – Agapornithinae
- Genus – Psittacula
- Scientific name – Psittacula eupatria
- Other names: Alexandrine parakeet, Alexandrian parrot, Ceylonese parakeet, Andaman parakeet, Thai rose-ringed parakeet, Burmese parakeet, Alexandrine ring-necked parakeet.
- Life span: 25 – 40 years
- Size: The alexandrine parrot sizes range from 50 – 62cm.
- Wingspan: 7.5 – 8.5 inches [18.9 – 22 cm]
- Weight: 220 – 260g
- Color: The male Alexandrine parakeet distinctively has a pink back neck, a dark ring round the neck, alongside a grayish sparkle on the cheeks and nape. Meanwhile, the female Alexandrine parakeet has a pale grey neck ring. And finally, the chicks, look exactly like the adult female Alexandrine parakeet in color.
Subspecies and Distribution
|eupatria||Alexandrine parakeet||This specie can be seen in Eastern India (Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad) and Sri Lanka to the south.|
|nipalensis||Nepalese Alexandrine parakeet||Found in Nepal, India (north, central and northeastern regions), Pakistan and Eastern Afghanistan.|
|magnirostris||Andaman Islands’ Alexandrine parakeet||The name alone clearly spells out the distribution of this specie, which is the Andaman Islands.|
|avensis||Indo-Burmese Alexandrine parakeet||Found in Myanmar and Northeastern India.|
|siamensis||Siamese Alexandrine parakeet||Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand (north and east).|
More information about the Alexandrine Parrot
Their natural living environment includes moist forests, cultivated areas, mangrove swamps, coconut plantations, and woodland areas.
The Alexandrine parakeet is generally known to be a quiet and obedient parrot, but it can get loud and noisy when neglected or disturbed. Consequently, you will get very high pitched whistles and other distress sounds. However, it can mimic common names and familiar phrases, as well as produce cute and melodious whistle sounds.
It lays 2 – 4 eggs with an incubation period of around 28 days.
The chicks fully grow feathers after 7 weeks.
Fruits, vegetables, flowers, and seeds.
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) status
Alexandrian parakeet (parrot) as a pet
The Alexandrine parakeet’s social behavior and friendly character make it an awesome choice to have as a pet.
First and foremost, if you wish to accommodate a beautiful Alexandrine parakeet as a pet, comfort must be highly prioritized. In fact, a bird-house measuring 36x24x24 inches in size, along with many poles will be perfect and comfortable enough for the bird. Moreover, the Alexandrine parakeet is quite vulnerable to feet-related problems when it stands for too long. Hence, it explains the need for multiple cage bars since it loves to climb up and down.
To satisfy the chewing habits of the Alexandrine parrot, acrylic, rope, leather, and wooden toys should be put in its cage, and a nest box of 12x12x18 inches added during the breeding season.
CAUTION: Always check for cage resistance because they have tremendous beak strength.
Environmental temperature is another important factor to always consider. The Alexandrine parakeet is very comfortable with temperatures ranging between 40° F and 90°F. Lower temperatures expose this cute parrot to many different health problems.
Although the Alexandrine parrot can be obedient, quiet, and shy in a new environment, it does not take long to shed its shyness and blend in. This appealing Asian bird is an amazing chatterbox capable of keeping you entertained all day long with sounds and funny tricks.
The Alexandrine parakeets are fast learners and you don’t need to do too much to make them talk. If well trained, your parrot will be comfortable sitting on your laps and shoulders. However, this beauty can become aggressive if unattended for prolonged periods. So, be watchful for aggressive signs such as eye spinning.
The Alexandrine parakeet enjoys eating vegetables and fruits of all sorts. Fruits like papaya, mangoes, peaches, grapes, and vegetables like beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, squash, etc. are perfect for them. You can also serve them homemade chicken or pork, oatmeal, and pasta once in a while. Notably, avoid serving them with avocado and toxic rhubarb, dairy products, and fatty caffeinated foods. Also, excessive consumption of onion and garlic can cause anemia. To learn more about a healthy diet, read our article “Budgies diet and everything you need to know”.
Taking proper care of Alexandrine parakeets can be challenging for newbies particularly because, factors like housing, feeding/diet, hygiene, healthcare, etc. are super important. For instance, using freshwater to wash your lovely parrot is highly recommended as it keeps the skin and feathers in good condition. Also, try not to scrub its feathers out and use a bird lamp for drying.
The cage must be spacious enough for their long tail feathers to fit in freely. Alexandrine parrots like others, are chewing machines and require lots of toys and softwood to keep them busy and happy. You can add shatterproof acrylic toys, rope toys, and puzzle toys with hidden nuts for them to take on entertaining challenges.
Clean the cage and toys regularly to ensure the environment is hygienic at all times, especially because the parakeet loves to clutter water with its food. So, it is advisable to change the water at least twice daily.
The Alexandrine parakeet is always peaceful with other parrots, although it may be aggressive towards other bird types. So, keeping other bird species away from it is an ideal thing to do. If you have a ‘cousin’ parrot like a Nepalese Alexandrine parakeet or an Indian ring-necked parakeet, letting them play together is fine. However, you should be vigilant not to allow two parakeet species to breed.
This intelligent parrot is a lovable bird with a lifespan of over 30 years if properly cared for. Read everything you need to know about budgie care.
Common diseases associated with the Alexandrine parakeet include parrot fever or psittacosis, aspergillosis, fatty tumors or lipomas, atherosclerosis, fatty liver or hepatic lipidosis, and bumble-foot or pododermatitis which is caused by Vitamin ‘A’ deficiency.
How much does Alexandrine Parakeet cost?
The Alexandrine parrot could cost from $600 to $1,200 or higher, depenging on the color mutations.
Alexandrine Parakeet for adoption
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“Noble origin” is the meaning of Alexandrine parakeet’s Greek scientific name “Eupatria”.
It is named after the famous Greek monarch emperor Alexander the Great, who is credited to have exported a great deal of Alexandrine parrots to the Mediterranean and Europe from Punjab – India.