Hand Raised Alexandrine parrot for sale sydney
Hand raised Alexandrine can make loving and affectionate pets. They love interacting with their owners, they are highly intelligent and make good talkers, when trained through repetition. They have a tendency to become “one-person” birds, forming a strongly bonding to their favorite family member while shunning others within the household. Training and correct socialising techniques, will avoid this possibility. Like most parrots, they can go through a hormonal stage especially during breeding times of the year and during their adolescence. Many owners of a newly acquired baby Alexandrines find this stage difficult. Its very important to stick to your guns and continue socialization training and bonding with your bird.
Availability at Birdsville
Hand raised baby Alexandrines are only available one time a year, around November/December as they are seasonal breeders. Adult hand raise birds come into the shop from time to time. If you are interested in owning one of these birds give us a call or visit us for at chat at Birdsville.
Distribution and Habitat of Alexandrine Parrot’s
Alexandrine’s originated from mainly northern India, but this species has naturalised itself in numerous European countries, including Germany, south of England, Belgium, Greece, western Turkey and the Netherlands. Where they live side by side with naturalised flocks of Indian Ringnecks.
In the wild they live in deciduous forests, farmlands as well as parks and gardens in urban areas. They are very social and live in small groups ranging between 8 and 20 birds.
The Alexandrine’s are a medium sized green parrot. Many reach a lengths of up to 25 inches, although much of this length is accounted for by their long, elegant tail feathers. Their body is quite slender for a parrot and has a large strong red beak. they are often confused with there smaller cuss-en the Indian Ringneck. The male Alexandrines develop a black and pink ring around their necks after two years of age. This is only way to tell the sex of the bird, unless using DNA and surgical sexing.
Diet for Alexandrine Parrot’s
A combination of fresh fruits and vegetables, pellets, good quality seed mix, meal worms and nuts should be provided for your Alexandrine. A balanced diet is important for your bird and should not only be fed seed or pellets alone.
Pellets- recommends kaytee pellets, vetafarm nutriblend pellets, vetafarm paradise pellets, tropican pellet’s, tropimix or roudy bush pellets. All Pellets are available at birdsville. It is advisable to put seed and pellets into separate dishes.
Seed– always fee your Alexandrine a good quality seed mix, we recommend small parrot seed as it contains less sunflower, Be wary of some supermarket brands as they may not be of the best grade, if you are not sure of the seed you are using ask your local bird expert. These birds are very intelligent and will eat the fattiest food all day long if given the chance. If they eat all the sunflower seeds or seeds in general do not give them any more until they have also finished there pellets. Many people make the mistake of over supplying there bird with seed and wondering why they do not eat there pellets. Seed in my opinion is still a very important part of the diet and should still be provided as they naturally eat seed in the wild and provides a good foraging behavior.
Sprouted seed– always clean with aviclens before feeding to your birds to remove any bacteria.
Fruits– Apples, figs, guava, citrus, grapes, kiwi fruit, star fruit, mango, stone fruit, pears, pineapple, blue berries, rockmelon.
Greens and vegetables– green beans, chickweed, seeding grasses, green grass, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin, cucumber, squash, endive, bok choy, silver beet
Multi vitamin supplement– Added via the water supply this is not necessary if any of the pellets used above are used.
Calcium– Shell grit is not recommended for these birds but instead we recommend calcium perches or bells.
Vitamin D supplement– Essential for the absorption of calcium, if your bird does not receive un filtered sun light then vitamin D should be added
Fresh water- supplied at all times
Do not feed Alexandrine Parrot’s Avocado, onion or cocoa
Diet for juvenile alexandrine parrots.
Like all baby parrots they should have an all you can eat buffet with all there favourite foods with lots of fresh fruit and veg included. A fruit and nut mix is what i recommend for all young birds and refresh the food morning and night. They should have a ready supply of pellets and seed.
Cage for Alexandrine Parrot’s
When selecting a cage for your new Alexandrine, there is a few this you will need to keep in mind.
- Alexandrines are one of the larger medium size bird, most of the length is made up by a large tail. They need plenty of room to stretch its wings, have a flap and move around without hitting any toys and food bowls of the side of the cage.
- They are active birds and need toys to play with, while in their cage. Your cage must have room for at-least 3 to 4 toys, not forget food bowls and perches as well.
- Alexandrines like to chew, so a good quality mesh is recommended.
Keeping all this in mind, buy the largest cage you can afford to make sure your bird remains happy, healthy and tame (staff at Birdsville can help you with this selection).
If your bird is outside it is imperative that your bird has sufficient protection from the elements. Direct sun can cook and kill a bird and shelter from the rain is imperative.
Enrichment for Alexandrine parrot’s
Alexandrine in the wrong environment or allowed to get bored, will in time develop problems, such as excessive chirping, feather plucking and/or self mutilation. It is much easier to prevent these problems than to solve them. Select toys that they can chew on, climb on with different textures like leather and wood, toys that encourage natural foraging behavior or a puzzle they have to solve to get a treat as well as swings, bells and ladders. Rotating toys are a good idea so your bird does not get bored with their toys. Natural tree branches with leaves also provide a good distraction for your bird but remember to clean branches under running water before giving to your bird. This is a species of parrot that loves to chew.
Introducing your new bird to an-existing bird
Once you take your bird home you should keep it in a separate cage and allow the bird to adjust accordingly. Always allow at least 2 weeks before introducing the bird to an existing bird. Mixing alexandrine parrots with other birds
Worming- have you wormed your bird?
Your new Alexandrine will need to be wormed in a few weeks to two month after being taken home (check with the staff from Birdsville, when purchasing). Worming will need to be done every 6 month to ensure your bird stays healthy.
Lice & Mites
Birds having lice and mite, is just like a dog having fleas. These are the two most common parasites that may affect all birds and their environment, but are easily controlled with a Mite and Lice spray, available at Birdsville. When using spray, spray bird, entire cage, perches and toys, remember to remove all water and feed and avoid spraying in birds’ eyes.
Training Alexandrine Parrot’s
Training your Alexandrine is an important factor of having a well behaved hand raised bird. You need to handle your bird in a quiet, relaxed situation. Spending time with your bird while watching TV or reading is perfect, but don’t over stress your bird in the first few weeks of taking it home babies need rest. The more time you spend with your Alexandrine, the better it will become. For more information go to the training your bird page.