The Alexandrine Parakeet or Alexandrian Parrot (Psittaculaeupatria) 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. The species name eupatria has its origins from Greek. Where the prefix eu translates into good or noble and the suffix patria is a Greek word translating as either fatherland or ancestry. Consequently, the species scientific name means something in the line “of noble ancestry”, “of noble fatherland” or “of noble nation”. The species has naturalized itself in numerous European countries. Particularly in Germany, in the south of England, in Belgium, in Greece, in western Turkey and in the Netherlands where it generally lives amongst or alongside flocks of naturalized Psittaculakrameri (Ringnecked or Rose-ringed Parakeet).
The Alexandrine Parakeet’s natural call heard here is a powerful screech but deeper than that of its very close-relative the Rose-Ringnecked or Rose-ringed Parakeet. They are very active birds and they need plenty of exercise to maintain their physical and emotional health.
- Length: 23-25 inch
- Weight: 230 grams
- Lifespan: 40 years
- Diet: fruits and veggies, seeds & pellets
- No. of eggs: 5 to 10