alexandrine Parakeet, parrot

Alexandrine Parakeet

Alexandrine Parakeets are mainly green, measuring between 56 and 62 cm (22 & 24 ins) with a tail up to 35 cm (abt. 14 ins) in length. The male's head is green with grey-blue cheeks and nape. There is a broad black neck ring and broad pink nape band. There is a brownish-red shoulder patch and the tail is yellow-tipped bluish-green. The bill is yellow-tipped red. Females and young birds lack the black neck ring and pink nape band and are duller.

 

Hand-raised Alexandrine Parakeets are popular pets, known for their tameness, ability to talk and vivid coloring. However, they require a rather tall cage to accommodate their long tails and need wooden toys to keep themselves stimulated and to keep their beaks in shape.

 

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Cockatoos

Cockatoos are similar to dogs in that they thrive on affection and touch but usually do not develop extensive vocabularies. African Greys, noted for their great talking ability, fall between these two personality categories, having traits of both. Greys tend to be more individualistic, so it depends on the Grey as to the kind of personality it may have.

 

Macaws

Macaws do not make ideal apartment pets because of their twice-daily screaming sessions, at sunrise and sunset, and their ability to dismantle anything they can easily reach, such as the apartment building! However, for those who have a suitable environment, macaws make great pets and can develop pretty good vocabularies and fascinating antics.

 

What to Look For.

Look for a bird that is interactive and interested in sights and sounds. Look for a baby that expresses interest and attention by puffing out its head and neck feathers, stretching its wings (singly with a leg out or both shoulders stretched straight up), bobbing its head up and down solicitously or quickly wagging its tail from side to side.

These easily observable happiness behaviors are indications that the bird is interested in what is going on.

 

For a private appointment contact Carole and Rob Court.

 

 

Milkwood Aviaries

224 Sandford Side Road (Durham 11)

Mount Albert, Ontario

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