Animal Stories - Alexandrine Parakeet


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   The Alexandrine Parakeet, like most of the ringnecks, is a very striking bird.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Keith Campbell - 2007-01-19
I have a 1 year old female alex named Dalilah. The only warning I have for a future owners is DO NOT COUGH around these little mimickers. Both my wife and I shared a cold and were coughing for weeks and now she mimicks it perfectly. Anyone who meets her thinks that we're mean by not taking her to the vet for a flu shot! Keith Campbell, Indianapolis, Ind.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-12
    That is funny. It always amazes me as to what a bird decides is amusing. Mine does my sneeze.
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Karen - 2007-06-20
Hello all, i have a female alexandrine parakeet called Bird (yeah i know!), Mean is just not the word, she is so aggresive and loud, i seriously wonder if im doing something wrong, i would love to tame her so am looking for any tips, please feel free. Kai

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Bob - 2010-08-11
We have a male Alexandrine and just love him. A couple of years ago he slipped off the shower rod and the towel came with him over his head. He hurt his wing and won't use it. The vet says it's not broken. I feel bad for him although he seems to have adapted to not using it. Does anyone know how important it is for him to mate? He's currently in heat.

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Andrea - 2011-07-06
I am a very responsible 10 year old and my family and I are woundering if Alexandrine Parakeets are a good 10 year old pet. I have been researching for days but I need to know how it is from a real owner.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-06
    Everyone has an opinion and this is just mine. The Alexandrine Parakeet does not have a strong pair bond with its mate. It has a somewhat independent nature that can be frequently not fun. They are not cuddly. They will sit on your shoulder but are not really into affection or petting. Besides, they are part of the ring neck family and most are occasionally are tempermental. I would recommend a conure to a very responsible 10 year old. Yes, sometimes conures will make a bit of noise - especially when they first see you in the morning, when the sun is starting to set at night or when they know you are in the home and can hear you but can't see you. Conures are frequently called a Velcro bird cuz they stick like glue. They are affectioneete. They love pet and play. They love playing hide and seek. They learn to say a few words - although not clear talkers they are very expressive. Buy one directly from a breeder - directly out of the home. This years babies should be available now. That way you can hold it and play with it before you decide. Besides your conure can then check you out also. They love to play. They like kisses and I've never seen one get angry or mad and I have had them for 20 years. I have had green cheeks and queens and I would recommend them.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-12
    I was curious to see if you went ahead and got your bird. Did you see the other peoples comments regarding the Alexandrine? They are having probelms with it. I forgot to mention the greed check conure (purchased directly from a breeder) is about the same cost (within $25.00) as the Alexandrine. There are also several other conures which might be availabel where you live. Almost all, especially those readily avialable in the pet market, make excellent pets. Playful, joking, fun, talk a little but very espressive with their little (and sometimes big) noises. One thing, I never clip my conures (or any birds wings) but especially the conures because they love to be with you. They fly to you. Of course if you do clip the wings - just do it a little and not all the way back to the primaries. That way they can land softly but really can't fly far. Then they will walk to you so don't step on it. Have fun and let us know.
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ash - 2010-11-25
I bought my alex 2 weeks ago from an advert in the local paper it said friendly, talkative parrot but he is neither I can't get within 1 meter of him without him flying off and panicking how can I get my bird to start to trust me enough for him to let me touch him? PLEASE HELP!!!

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  • Bonnie - 2010-12-02
    If his wing isn't clipped - do it right away! Just be patient, he will soon learn he can't fly and will want you to pick him up (step-up on finger). Never grab him from over the top always get him to step-up on your finger by pushing your finger against his lower chest. Don't be afraid of him - he will sense your fear. Good luck - it takes a lot of patience, but will be a vary rewarding pet.
  • karen - 2010-12-23
    I've had my alexandrine female for 5 1/2 years. It took a very long time to actually be able to have her step up on my fingers. I bought her when she was only six weeks old. It took a lot of patience and work on my part before I finally had her trust. After I had her for about 3 1/2 to 4 years, I could finally pet her. Pick up a parrot book, that may help. Stick with her and when you can finally pet her, just pet her head or she will think you are her mate and it will lead to much bigger problems such as adult frustration on her part being sexually mature for a bird and also aggressiveness towards others. Everyone in the house should interact with her as a flock would. I learned the hard way, I hope this helps you.
  • Col - 2011-02-11
    Wing clip, and spend at least 2hrs per day within 5 ft of your Companion bird for several weeks. It could also be the room's decor. Alexandrines are very social and like to be where the action is. A change of guardianship is a difficult transition for any parrot of any kind. Just imagine as if you were 4-14yrs-old and suddenly thrust into the care of another person in different surroundings. There would rightly be a period of adjustment.

    In the immortal words of a Guardian I admire and respect; be patient, be consistent, be persistent, and give it time.
  • Andrea - 2011-07-06
    Since it's still young you still have a chance.
    Get it's flying feathers cut first.
    That way your parakeet can't get away from you. Handle him and show him you are not going to hurt him.
    He will get your trust soon, but keep trying.
  • Andrea - 2011-07-06
    Since it's still young you still have a chance.
    Get it's flying feathers cut first.
    That way you parakeet can't get away from you. Handle him and show him you are not going to hurt him.
    He will get your trust soon, but keep trying.
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Mehnaz - 2011-04-13
Our alexandrine parrot was lost April 7, 2011 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. However, he could have flown further by now. He flew off someones shoulder when he heard a loud noise. He is a male parrot: green body, red beak, black and pink ring around the neck, and long tail. He can say "Neynoo" & come on" & "step up" and make a kissing sound. There is a Cash Reward for his return. If seen or heard, please contact (905) 329-4664 or mezzy786@hotmail.com.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    I am soo sorry. This does happen frequently. Unfortunately, rarely is one this tame returned. They fall in love with it, get attached. I hope you get him back but if not just hope he has a good home with others who love him too.
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jean germaine - 2010-10-25
I lost my alexandrine parrot in st augustine florida on the 11 th of june 2010. After four months I got a call from a person who saw a parrot in a vet's office and was told that she had been given to the vet by some people who found it. The person looked on the internet and saw that I was the only one looking for an alexandrine and called me. The vet insists that the bird could not fly 150 miles so he didn't contact me? My bird and his had full wings.. Can anyone out there prove this vet wrong? The breeder who had records for rosie is deceased. Can anyone help me?

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  • Janet - 2011-01-06
    Did you tell him that the breeder is deaf if not don't. Make HIM prove when and where he got it. From what you say I would take him to small claims court if I had to. Will the women vouch for what she heard happened. Not a nice vet if it is truly not his. I am sure that he will not want to go to court. Really is an easy thing to do and you can do it yourself. Just file it for like 50.00 in Arkansas he will be served bring lady and get your bird back. You can do it. I'm sure he wouldn't want his name in paper and the couple that found the bird comes forward. Or put up posters looking for these people that gave him the bird, he may have a change of heart. Good luck!
  • Col - 2011-02-11
    Cover 150 mi in four months? Easily. Wild budgerigars typically cover 40 mi/day through simply scavenging.

    Offhand I'd say that the vet where the parrot was relinquished is not avian certified.
  • Karen - 2011-02-20
    Too bad your bird was not microchipped, as that would prove without a shadow of a doubt it was yours. Was your alexandrine leg banded? This sometimes helps as well. If not, does it say any words or phrases? Do you have any pictures of him/her that might show any distinguishing marks? If it was very young & it has since molted, that might be a problem. I have heard cases where a bird has flown 500 miles within a span of a few months & I'm sure there are other birds who have made it a lot further. Have you visited the Vet's office & met the "Lost" Bird yet? If you are convinced he/she is yours, I would fight the Vet's office for him/her until they were convinced.
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