Knowing the Alexandrine Parrot
Sometimes called a parakeet, the Alexandrine Parrot is a member of the ring neck type of parrot. Mostly green with some touches of color - although some have been bred in yellow or blue - they have large beaks. They are known for their gentle nature. The Alexandrine Parrot is considered as being a great family pet, as they are playful, not nippy and a good talker. Although affectionate, it does not like to be cuddled as much as some other parrots.
Care and Feeding for the Alexandrine Parrot
The Alexandrine Parrot is not a fussy eater. When picking up the parrot from a pet store or breeder, get a supply of the food that the bird is used to and continue feeding it to the bird along with a variety of other foods. The Alexandrine Parrot can learn to like a variety of foods if it's fed on them from its youth.
Add a few bowls to the regular two that come with its cage to accommodate a choice of foods. Add seed, pellets and fresh fruits and vegetables. Any food that is good for parrots in general will be good for the Alexandrine Parrot. Make sure it has fresh water at all times.
The Alexandrine Parrot needs a good-sized cage. It should measure at least three feet long, two feet wide and two feet high. Some Alexandrines can develop long tails, requiring a tall cage. The Alexandrine Parrot is likely to try to stick his head between the bars of the cage so make sure that the bars are too close together to allow it.
The door latches and bars should be able to withstand the powerful beak of this breed. Those powerful beaks will need things to chew on. Ropes and strong toys will keep the Alexandrine Parrot happy. Allow the parrot some time outside the cage every day and play with it as often as possible.
The Alexandrine Parrot is a very curious bird. A supply of bird puzzles will help prevent destructive exploration of your home. Give the parrot some wooden toys to destroy. They have the beaks for it and enjoy reducing toys to rubble. Make sure you have a veterinarian that is well-versed in the care of birds and especially parrots and then educate yourself in their care.
Another good idea is to get books about the Alexandrine Parrot and parrots in general so you can recognize signs of illness. Good care and affection will ensure that your Alexandrine Parrot will be a happy, healthy playmate for a long time.