The Alexandrine Parrot / Alexandrine Parakeet
An intelligent and playful friend
The Alexandrine Parrot is a very popular pet bird that was named after Alexander the Great.
They are known as the “gentle birds with large beaks.” Not only are they beautiful, they were also considered prized possessions for royalty in Europe. They are playful, energetic, independent, and can also become very good mimics.
Alexandrine parrots are not as cuddly as a Cockatoo, but they are very intelligent and interactive. They do need to be well socialized or they may become aggressive and one-person birds. And even though they are more independent than some other species of birds, they do require a lot of time and interaction. Like many parrots, Alexandrines are prone to feather plucking and aggression if not given the proper amount of attention.
Alexandrines also love to chew and play in water. Their favorite chew toy is wood and they love to take baths. So, you may need to plan on replacing toys often and making sure your Alexandrine doesn’t chew your furniture.
Alexandrines aren’t best for absolute beginners, but they do make great pets for experienced and not-so-experienced bird owners alike. If you are looking for a bird that is a step up from a small Parakeet or Cockatiel, but not as loud or big as an Amazon or African Grey, then this might be the right bird for you. Just remember that as with any parrot, Alexandrines do require a lot of time and commitment.
|Name||Alexandrine Parrot (Psittacula eupatria), Alexandrine Parakeet|
|Size||23 in., 230 grams|
|Color Differences||The Alexandrine Parrot is often confused with other types of Ringnecks. The main differences are that Alexandrines are mostly green, have larger beaks, have maroon patches on their wings, red beaks with yellow tips, and the adult males and females are different in that males have pitch black rings on their necks with pink bands on their napes, while the female’s rings are more grey. There are some mutations rarely available such as the lutino, blue, and white Alexandrines.|
|Noise||Moderate – They can be loud, like any parrot, but are quieter than some of the other Ringneck species.|
|Living Arrangements||Alexandrines may be quiet enough to live in an apartment with you, but they are probably better kept in a house.|
|Qualities||Gentle, independent, not very cuddly, lovable, intelligent, playful, energetic, very interactive, love to chew, love to take baths and play in water, can become aggressive, can become one person birds if not well socialized.|
|Abilities||Great – They can be very good mimics.|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||Alexandrines are quite independent, but they do need to be let out of their cage at least once a day for play time and socialization. They should be socialized with multiple people on a regular basis or they can become a one-person bird.|
|Diet||They need a diet for medium birds.|
|Supplies Needed||They need supplies for medium birds.|
|“Talking Alexandrine Parrakeets”|
Video by lauteach
|“Alexandrine Parrot performing tricks”|
Video by PetDirectory
|“Alexandrine Parakeet purring”|
Video by JawzXlives
|Alexandrines, like most medium-sized parrots, can become aggressive. You definitely need to know how to train your Alexandrine if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you and your friends/family. However, if you don’t know how to train an Alexandrine, you may find it difficult to socialize your bird with other people.
For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Alexandrine. Whether your Alexandrine is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about birds and how he can help you train yours.
Below is one of Chet’s videos that covers the first step to stopping your parrot’s biting. This technique is perfect for Alexandrines. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is only the first step in getting your bird hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your Alexandrine even further.
- The Essential Alexandrine Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your Alexandrine
- Find The Best Alexandrine Cage
- Toys Your Alexandrine Will Love
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