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Tommy - 2013-06-11
I've been in the avian field now for just about 30yrs. I've have experience in dealing with both wild & exotic pet species. And have owned many various exotics over the years. Your Alex sounds no different than my Keiko who is an IRN or Indian Ringneck basically the same bird just Alex's are bigger.

Asiatics or the Psittacula species are NOT easy parrots to own they are by far NOT a good 'first bird' for an inexperienced owner. These would consist of the following birds; The Ring-necked, Alexandrine, Newton, Slaty-headed, Intermediate, Long-tailed, Blossom-headed, Seychelles, Moustached, emerald-collared, Derbyan, Plum-headed, Mauritius, Blyth's, & very rare Malabar.

They do not like to be handled or stroked very often which can be an immediate turn off to many first time owners of these birds. And while they may look like Conures in some ways physically speaking they are a completely different bird altogether. To bond with an Asiatic requires LOTS of patience, socializing, and consistent training. Plainly put you give these birds an inch they'll take a mile so boundaries and proper discipline need to be put in place right away if one is not to have a holy terror on there hands. I say this because in my personal experience dealing with various species of this order they can be quite stubborn. And if they are not PROPERLY socialized on a DAILY basis will quickly revert back to a 'wild state'than any other parrot species i've worked with in 30yrs.

Now having said all that, if one still feels compelled to give these beautiful and highly intelligent birds a try then the rewards are amazing. Despite not being 'hands on' birds in terms of being touched they will most certainly win you over with there vocal capabilities. Bar none there is no other bird there size that can speak with the clarity and word association these birds can. Yes Quaker (Monk) parrots speak quite well but there diction is still garbled compared to say an IRN (Indian Ringneck).

These birds come from royalty and were often sought after by ancient Greeks & Romans due to their beauty but more importantly their vocal ability. They are by far a much more sophisticated species than Quaker parrots ever could be.

To see an Asiatic in full adult plumage is like looking at a picture in a field guide. There streamlined plumage is quite striking with not one single feather out of place. So if you have what it takes and can meet all the requirements stated above in owing one of these gorgeous animals than by all means go for it. But take heed, these birds may not full fill your 'personal desire' of what a pet bird should be like. But as another commenter posted on here accepting your bird for how it is instead of what you want it to be. And seeing it from that perspective should be what's cherished and appreciated most of all. And this applies to ALL bird species one may own.

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  • Mary Kinser - 2014-04-15
    Thank you for the info. Do both sexes talk well? Are both sexes easy to train? Please let me know ASAP.
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DAN DANG - 2012-06-16
I have 2 golden rossela birds, but I don't know which one is male or female, please let me know how to know them male or female. Thank you very much

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-16
    There is no way to accurately determine 100% as to which is the male or female in the Rosella except through DNA sexing.  The DNA sexing kits can be purchased via ads in the back of the bird talk magazine.  Some say the male is a brighter red, the female is slightly smaller etc and possibly if you are a breeder and have many of these parrots, this may work some of the time.  DNA sexing is the only sure way = unless one of them happens to lay an egg.  This site makes suggestions as to how (possibly) you can distinguish the differernce -    All I know is that if it lays an egg - it is a gal or you can DNA sex.  If you have two males, one will most likely assume the role of a female so via behavior or coloring - it is not accurate    http://www.avianweb.com/easternrosella.html    
  • Gideon Swart - 2012-06-17
    If the Golden Rossela is 6 months old or older , then is possible to see what the sex of the bird is. If one look at the back of the head , the female has a gap in the red portion. The male has a solid red area behind his head. In the picture of the rossela on this site one can clearly see the gap in the red area behind the head of the female
  • cariann - 2014-04-04
    Look for spots under the wing, if there are spots it is female, if not it is male.
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Ruchika - 2014-03-23
I found him on the roadside and he is with us from a month and he only has guava and barley. What must we feed him and he is not friendly and we are worried he is afraid. Tell us what to give him and what we have to do to make him play with us.

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  • hira - 2014-04-02
    Hi my plum eats bread dipped in tea or even garevi. He eats corn, strawberries, mangoes, apples...almost all types of fruits. You can try giving them these. :)
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dileep - 2014-03-22
Hi... I have just bought a male IRN parrot... it's 3 months old... it has adapted very well in it's new place... but for the last one week it's been very sluggish and sleeping... I showed it to a vet and he has prescribed septran syrup two drops two times... though it is slightly better but still not eating as it used to be... its stools are normal... I am worried?

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  • Trishinadhaver - 2014-04-01
    Don't worry it will eat.
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hira - 2014-03-31
I have a pair of plum head parakeets. They both are very friendly with me because I am the only one to entertain them. They are very jolly and sometimes become a shouting monkey to get my attention. I love them. I have recently gotten a female parakeet for my mino (male parakeet). She in a few days has adjusted amazingly. But the problem here is that I don't know when they will breed? I want to become aunti of their kids. :) They play with each other and have an open environment, they go from one room to another. I have set some flowers and tree stumps to make my place look like a forest. But when will they breed? I am really worried. Please help me. Want to become aunti hira..

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chris - 2007-01-19
This is an update of my previous entry.

My derbyan that I handfed out is becoming a downright horrible pet. Having been handfed for almost 2 months and much handling it should be as sweet a hand fed baby could be.

Its behavior resembles what I refer to as "production babies;" babies that are simply fed and returned to their clutchmates where the only interaction with a human is being picked up, shot full of food and set back into their enclosures. This bird also bites whenever any move it made upon it. My other Derbyan does not do this. It also cowers in its cage whenever any movement is made in its direction. Veteran bird keepers may think this bird was never even handfed to begin with.

I feel this Derbyan is the most useless pet bird Ive had. Im most disappointed in that all the attention and socialization it has received in a home environment has resulted in this fearful, limitly handlable bird. The only thing this bird is good for is color (when it matures). Other than that, it may as well just be free flighted in an aviary. Then again it may possibly be just the personality of this particular bird.

My second derbyan (this one was weaned already and was handled minimally while living at the store) has been a much better behaved pet. However this one is cage territorial and bites when its to be taken out. When perched on my shoulder, it quietly sits and does not mess with my ears or glass's arm (the other Derbyan cannot be kept on my shoulder). It also doesnt try to fly away when I take it out unlike the other Derby. It readily enjoys human company however still does not appreciate being stroked. Despite the shortcomings this Derbyan has, it is a much more handlable and I enjoy it. How ironic that a bird with a fraction of the attention given to it has become a much better bird.

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  • Siobhan OLaoghaire Sannes - 2011-04-05
    I have now seen you refer to that poor Derbyan as a "useless pet bird" a "downright horrible pet" and then say "then only thing this bird is good for is color". As your post is years old, you probably aren't around anymore but shame on you! Every animal deserves love, a word I have yet to see you use regarding any of your birds.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-06
    Not all birds are alike and some can be quirky. I bred many birds for many years. One, a military macaw I finally named Sergeant cus he reminded me of a drill Sergeant in the Army. I did everything I could think of and his sister was just a sweetheart. Sergeant was just very difficult and I decided to hold him back for breeding as no way he could be a pet. 7 or so years went by and I get a call and this fella wants a male breeder and I tell him about Sergeant. Sergeant has been in a flight with toys and a blue/gold macaw for the 7 years but definitely not handled. Fella says perfect and I ship Sergeant across the country. Sergent looks at the fella and says "I love you" and walks up to him and steps up on his hand. Go figure. Anyway, Sergeant got married and had babies ut I couldn't believe this fella could pick Sergeant up and he did. A good breeder will hold back stock at times cuz for some reason they just realize that this one particular bird is not pet quality. It doesn't mean your derbyan won't be a pet, or won't come around as obviously Sergeant did but maybe it needs a different approach, or start over or beats me after that.
  • Cobalt - 2011-12-17
    I agree with these others. This is probably a comment that is years too late, but that's a horrible mentality for anyone who handles the birds. If that's really how you feel, then you probably should find the birds a new home and look for something else...
  • Maria Conceicao Tereza - 2012-01-14
    tony yearsley 14-1-2012 I HAVE A DERBYAN CALLED FRED HE IS 2 YEARS OLD HE IS THE BEST BUDY THAT ANY ONE COULD AS FOR. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SITE
  • linda - 2013-02-16
    i too am in agreement about the nasty comments about the derbyan as a 'horrible useless pet' how sad that someone like this is breeding them! there are so many birds that are out there to be adopted. we are fostering a derbyan now that is similar to her bird. but she likes my husband now, and granted she is VERY loud, but we are giving her as much love as she wants, and good care anyway...i think she probably was a purchase without knowledge of the breed, which is usually only kept as an aviary bird due to the fact they really do not like to be with humans which is their nature. all we can do is try to educate people about pet birds as much as possible...
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-17
    My Derbyan is the best bird I could ever have. We have four other parrots and he is the sweetest, most well behaved bird I could ever hope for. He is now three and one-half months old. He is starting to talk, he stays on top of his play gym on his cage and does not fly off, he does not bite, he loves to be pet and will sit on my lap for hours. He is very friendly to my other family members, I feel they make wonderful pets and they are also very smart.
  • Laura - 2014-03-29
    I was told my Derbyan was a male, he is now almost a year old. I would like to know at what age does his top beak turn orange? My bird is the friendliest, smartest bird we have and we have 6 different parrots. So if he is actally a girl, I am ok with that but I would like to know if anyone purchased a young Derbyan male and what age his beak turned orange - I was told it changes by 18 months.
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Anonymous - 2014-03-25
What are warts on beaks and feet caused from?

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Mary - 2004-01-15
Hello, I just got my second Parakeet,a Budgie.yesturday. When I first pulled out of the parking space that I was in after buying my keet. He was perched on my finger verry close to the window of my car. Then after 8 minutes, He went to the top of my sterring wheel. It was verry funny. The bird was not afraid of anything. He was first facing oncomming traffic. Then he turned toward me. When I had to make a sharp turn, he started to go down, I had to put him in one of my hands, That was after I put him on the steering when again. He rode there most of the way home, 15 miles away from our home, Then we went to the drive thru at the bank. To get new pet toys. He was again on top of the steering wheel, until we went back home again.... If this were a Story A would call it driving miss tweety...

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  • kelly martin - 2013-03-15
    that sounds like 'driving miss lazy' from a show called thats so raven SUPER :)
  • hailey bjornson - 2013-07-03
    They love company.
  • joe - 2014-02-15
    Are parakeets better left indoors or outdoors don't know if they carry any kind of lice.
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-18
    Cool!
  • Steve - 2014-03-21
    Your are not supposed to keet and drive. It is against the law.
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pravin singh - 2013-11-01
i have a small paraket but it is not in talking position i m very sad about so what to do about it to make it talk

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  • Hassaan Shakir - 2014-03-19
    You should cut it's feathers, and say some words to him daily like Hello, what's your name. He'll talk in about 3 or 5 months, If you repeat these this daily.
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ashley 28 - 2014-03-18
Parakeets are really intelligent birds, I have 2!

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