Psittacula eupatria

Description

Alexandrine Parrots are sexually dimorphic. This simply means males and females look very different. The male has a black ring, highlighted with blue and pink, while the female does not. The males will start to develop their ring around 18 months and will have the full ring visible by 3 years.

In the wild, these large ringnecks are seen showcasing a greenish grey body and forest green wings. These parrots are easily identified by their massive upper red beaks. In comparison, the Indian Ringneck has a smaller beak and lacks the maroon coloured patches seen on the Alexandrine parrot. Alexandrine Parrots have long tails that can extend a foot or more from their bodies.

Distribution

Originated in South Asia, and has also naturalized itself in may European countries.

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Alexandrine Parrot

Lifespan

The life expectancy of an Alexandrine Parrot is 25 - 30 years of age.

Size

50-58 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 230 - 250 grams.

Diet

The Alexandrine Parrot diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and plant roots.

Habitat

Alexandrine parrots generally live in moist environments. Unlike Indian Ringnecks, they are much more cautious and inhabit regions away from humans; however, they can be seen near humans if food is abundant. These parrots enjoy spending time in lowlands and can be seen in mangroves and plantations.

Breeding

Breeding season varies from location to location. These birds cannot breed in colonies as they become aggressive protecting their nest and offspring. Once the breeding season has started, the female will lay between 2 to 4 eggs. She will incubate the eggs for approximately 26 days. Once the chicks hatch, the mother will feed them every few hours. The babies will leave the nest around 7 to 8 weeks and can be fully weaned around 10 weeks.