ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET

(Psittacula eupatria)

ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET

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The Alexandrine Parakeet or Alexandrian Parrot (Psittacula eupatria) is a member of the psittaciformes order and of the Psittaculidae family. The species is named after Alexander the Great, who is credited with the exporting of numerous specimens of this bird from Punjab into various European and Mediterranean countries and regions, where they were considered prized possessions for the nobles and royalty.

CHARACTERISTICS
The Alexandrine Parakeet is the largest species of parakeet, often being the largest parrot in their native range. This species measures 58 cm (23 in) in total length with a wing length averaging 18.9–21.5 cm (7.5–8.5 in) and a tail length of 21.5–35.5 cm (8.5–14.0 in).

BEHAVIOR
This Parakeet can be moderatly loud depending on wether the individual is or isn’t tamed.  It is an active species, very loving of water (bathing, misting, raining and showering), very loving of foods, readilly accepting diverse and/or new diets.

DIET
The diet consists of seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, buds, flowers and nectars. Rarely Alexandrines have been observed actively hunting insects, making them one of the few parrot species known to do so, however infrequently. It causes considerable damage to cultures of corn, grains, rice and or chards.

REPRODUCTION
Breeding season is from November to April in their natural distribution range. Average clutch size is 2–4 eggs measuring 34.0 x 26.9 mm. The average incubation period is 28 days usually starting with the laying of the second egg. The chicks fledge around seven weeks of age. They are reared for about three weeks and are typically weaned between 12 to 16 weeks of age.

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