Animal Stories - Alexandrine Parakeet

Animal-World Information about: Alexandrine Parakeet

   The Alexandrine Parakeet, like most of the ringnecks, is a very striking bird.
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kevin milkins - 2012-04-30
We've just got an alexandrine parrakeet, she's 11 months old called LouLou, Well we think she's a girl, she's quite vocal and says 'hello' and also mimicks ambulance sound, wolf whistles. We can feed her by hand and give her commands such as in and out of her cage but she will not step up onto our hand and tries to bite us when we try, any advice on maybe getting her to trust us more, thanx

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-26
    You can place your left and right hand together with your right hand in a tight fist with the fist pointed toward your left hand.  Your left hand will be holding a treat.  Your right hand (the fist) is pulled tight and inward.  Basically, you are not giving the parakeet any skin to grab hold of to bite.  She can try but there won't be anything to grab.  Keep your thumb inside the fist.  If she wants the treat she will have to cross over and sit on the fist to get to the treat.  That sounds real easy and it is.  Would I do that with a macaw - one big 3 foot bird - absolutely would without any qualms.  Will I do that with a little parakeet - I really do not know.  They have this little beak that will bite without provocation and they sure seem to like to do it.  So in all honesty, that is what I would do with any bird - except one of those parakeets.  I wish I had better advice but worth a try - just watch the body language and you should be fine.  Sometimes a person just has to enjoy the bird for what they are - as they are.  Most parakeets are just not cuddlers.
Yulonda - 2012-03-14
I just recently got a female Alexandrine parrot. Right now she does not make any noise. She just sits quiet and moves the moment I come to the cage. I try to hand feed her to make her a little more comfortable but she just starts climbing the cage. How long does it take for them to adjust? I've had her for 2 days now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-14
    It takes around a week or two. Talk to her, leave music or TV on, let her get used to sounds.
  • Eleanor - 2012-10-03
    Hi I have an 18 month old Alex who up until recently we thought was a boy. we have had her for just under a year now. At first she was very quiet this lasted for just over a week. She talks non stop now and is a very affectionate we bird, although at first would nip when we got near her. I think it's just a matter of telling it off when it's biting and giving it alot of attention. Buddy now kisses us constanly and has taken to all of us although I like to think she prefers me lol
Rainey - 2012-06-14
Hello, fellow Alex owners! I recently acquired a 4 month old male we have named Jackson. I have had him for a week now, and he's still a bit 'bitey', but that should subside after awhile? We make a point to handle him as much as possible, and he's very sweet. A friend who breeds birds told me, 'Handle him everyday. Don't give him too much time though, he needs to know who the mom is right away.' We just love him! :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-16
    I don't think there is anyway to handle the fella 'too much'.  Alexdrines can be and are fairly feisty.  The more they are handled, the tamer they are.  Have him around as many people as possible.  Have him be able to sit on a perch separate from his cage and provide him with a second play area.  Just use a towel on the bed/chair/floor with a few toys in it so he can be right where all the action is but separate fromhis cage.  They get territorial.  So I say - sure handle him every day but handle him as much as you can and don't worry about it and enjoy. 
Helen - 2009-10-22
We live in Brisbane and we bought our Alexandrine (Honey Girl) when she was 3 months old from a pet shop. I am the main carer. I am home all day with her, I feed her and clean her cage. She is out of the cage when we are home. I am so dissappointed as she seems to hate me. She attacks me everytime I put food in her cage. If she is on top of her cage and I go near her she skittles back into her cage. Yet she loves my husband. He is away all day and when he comes home she gets all excited. She runs to him when he goes near the cage. Jumps on his shoulder and nibbles affectionately at his ears and hair, chatters to him... grrrrr. I bought her for me!

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  • Jayde Kilby - 2010-05-02
    We also bought our Alexandrine at about 3 months old and he seems to have moods with both me and my partner where he will favour one of us more. Generally though I am home with him all day but he seems to prefer being with Kyle and often nibbles at his ears and chatters in his ear. Like you I clean and look after him, give him food all day. Once he even tried to attack me for cuddling up to my partner on the couch whilst he was sitting on his shoulder! Jealous!
    A lady we spoke to told us that they tend to choose one person whom they consider their 'partner for life'. So unfortunately this might be the case. Not much we can do about it!
  • sriprasanna - 2010-05-05
    Don't worry just give he sun flower seeds by your hand every she will become normal.
  • Coral - 2010-09-21
    Don't worry I have one the same I bought it for me but she bonded with my husband if he is at home she doesn't want me at all if he is not home she will come to me and sit on my shoulder. I feed her clean her cage the same as you but they just bond to one person and that is that. Mine has bitten me a couple of times which really hurts but I have learned they just love one person.
  • Nadine - 2011-01-05
    Ok the same thing happened to me and my husband. Now first things first don't let your parrot on your shoulder he will dominate you and will think he is high in the pecking order, he probably loves your husband because he is taller or seem like the pecking order leader. I advise that your husband start ignoring the bird and you only pet it or play with it. Even when the bird gets excited and flys on him he must ignore the bird. As for getting him out of the cage I just let the bird come out when he want its this is the only way that worked for me because my bird is very territorial of his cage. After we purchased a standing perch everything seemed to get a lot better, a standing perch is awesome because it's a place for the bird to hang out out of the cage. But your husband must ignore the bird it worked for me now my 6 month old alexandrine loves me. Birds are such hard work and I feel your pain hope it all works out.
  • Marsha - 2011-06-15
    I am not an expert as we only own a lovebird (male) and female cockatiel. The female bird loves my husband and the male bird is my buddy by their own choice even though we both interact with the birds and I am primarily the one feeding them. I have been told it is very common for birds to bond with their owners of the opposite sex. Both birds are adopted and I intended for them to be my pets. Fortunately my husband has come to love "his" cockatiel.
  • Andrea - 2011-07-06
    A good way to start is by watching your husband and seeing what he's doing to make her happy. Then walk up with your husband to the bird cage and if the bird knows your husband won't hurt her, than she will know that he thinks this is fine and the bird will actually start a bond with you too if she understands that your not going to hurt her either.
  • Aisha - 2012-01-03
    I am experiencing the same behavior with my Alexandrine, Meetu, as well. She loves my husband and ignores me (he bought her for me as a pet too). I do all the cleaning and feeding. But she is attached to him and will just get so excited and start to shriek when ever he leaves the room and follow him all over the house. She sits with her tail up and nudges his hand with her beak to pet her back. This is what I have come to know as initializing mating. She has laid infertile eggs! When the female starts to initiate mating behavior, put her into the cage and eventually she will learn this is a no, no. But opposite sexes do attract! :)
  • Cristina - 2012-04-09
    I have an Alexandrine also and I have studied a lot on these types of birds. I did learn that they get along better with their opposite gender. I'm so glad I happen to get a male cause he is the sweetest little guy. He was given to me by a friend and my bird did not like my friends dad or brother at all!
  • Lesley - 2012-04-10
    My partner and I bought an Alexandrine. I do everything for her and she hates me and loves my partner. He bought her for me. I have cried once or twice from her disregard for me and her bites. I feed her and clean her cage and care for her completely. I am very stubborn and keep on trying. Now when I ask her for a kiss she nips my nose, not too hard. I am ridulously happy about that. In time I am sure she will understand that I love her too and allow me to become close to her.
  • Shrinka - 2012-04-27
    I have so far had experience with 2 ring necks and one alex all females and the first one bonded with me and the second one bonded with my mother and the Alex and I share a special bond. Even though the Alex is young only 2 months and will sexually mature in over a year she is a completely adorable baby no inhibitions of climbing hands of males or females in the house. I think its a huge misconception that parrots only bond with the opposite sex.
michelle flegg - 2006-06-19
Hi, l'm from Australia and l have an 8 month old Alex and love him to bits. His name is Archie. Not quiet talking yet but coming out with some really funny noises. He dances in his cage and on my shoulder. He loves music. I can pat him and scratch him on his chest and under his wings. His favorite thing is having a shower, he loves it. He is just spoiled rotten. We have other parrots too but he is the best. I would recommend them to anyone. Anyway, lol to all you Alex owners, they are the best.
michelle flegg 43 and Archie

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-19
    Glad you enjoy - awesome
Kev morris - 2005-11-10
I received my Alex about 6 months ago. Oscar (because he was a bit of a grouch when we got him) is now talking, calling like our Sulphur Crested Cocky, squarking like the wild Minor Birds and he's just beginning to dance when asked. He's fascinated with the TV (especially Aussie Rules Football) and loves loud music. My only regret is that I can't spend as much time with him as I would like. He's on my shoulder right now grinding his beak as we speak. Loves chewing anything he can get his beak around, and he even grabs at our Cockys tail from time to time! Loves a bath, but not too fond of a pat. They are great pets - intelligent and faithful - but I really wish I could get those claws trimmed sometimes!!!

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  • Jan - 2012-04-12
    Yes, I know about those claws, I think they sharpen them when they get bored. Alex birds are one of the most faithful birds around, we have two. Our first Max, he was hand fed from the beginning, he is one of a kind. Nice to hear your story.
Satya Narayan Pansa - 2012-03-11
Can these parrot talk well

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-12
    No they vocalize and possibly a few words
Casey - 2012-03-10
Hi, i have just purchased two alexandrines a supposedly male and female bonded pair which are 2yo. they were hand reared but have been in a flight aviary for quite some time. i am wondering is it too late to tame them? and will they still breed if tamed as a pet?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-14
    I don't know that it is ever too late to tame a parrot and 2 years old is pretty young. However, they have a pair bond and they will do whatever to protect that paid bond and essentially you would be an interloper. I would just let them be and when they have babies, hand rear one of them as a pet for yourself. To disrupt the pair bond will disrupt the birds.
Casey Brown-squires - 2012-02-25
My pair of alexanddrines are not getting along, I'm having trouble paring them up. The female keeps attacking the male.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    That isn't unusual. Females are frequently aggressive toward the male until she is ready to mate. If it is really bad, you canjust put him in a separate cage but close by until you see them sitting sorta next to each other (or as close as they can get) in the 2 different cages. Otherwise, just let them work it out.
Sally - 2012-02-05
I have male Alexandrine! Whenever I try to play with him on my hands ! Instead of following what I am saying ,he starts to rechew his food! I don't know why! He spit on my hand and again he will have same thing ! Plz help me out !

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-05
    This is NORMAL parrot behavior. It is called regugitation and it is a sign of their love and affection. They only have one thing they can give you and it is food so they try and give you their food. When my birds would start to do this (cuz sure not fun on top of my head), I would just grab their beaks and say 'mom, not hungry' and give them a kiss on the beak and a pet. I didn't want the reused food but I didn't want to hurt their feelings. Worked for me.