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Companion Alexandrines (Psittacula eupatria)


Companion Alexandrines (Psittacula eupatria)

Personality Profile by Sally Blanchard

Alexandrine parakeets are stunning medium-sized parrots and are still considered to be common in the wild.  They are native to south and south-east Asia.  However, their populations are declining in some areas of their range and are now considered near-threatened.

They are the largest parrot in the Ringneck family or Psittacula genus and have been kept in captivity for hundreds of years following being named after Alexander the Great.  They are sexually dimorphic, which means we can visually tell the males from the females, as the females don’t have the black neck ring with the bright pink band on the nape.  However, the hens are still beautiful with their subtle colours.  With some Psittacula, the hens are more assertive than males, but I don’t think this is true with Alexandrines.

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