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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Trina - 2010-06-13
Hi PPl,
Just a question i have had my female alex for about 9 months now when I got her the pet shop told me she was 6 months old....So when I got her I done research on how to care, feed etc.....I gave her time to settle in she was in a cage with a male alex from the same petshop as they were both together in the same cage felt sorry for taking her mate so I bought her mate as well.....
about 2 months ago he flew away...and I have purchased another male.......
But my real question is when she is in her cage she bites at me and carrys on I understand it is territorial thing but when she is out she does not walk round much she tries to hide everywhere even when she on my shoulder she will just sit there and not move or she will try and hide in my hair...I get her out regularly and repeat everything but she still seems not to do anything at all she hardly makes a noise so I am just wondering if they are normally shy birds as I thought I would give her a few months to settle in and stuff but still have no luck at her moving around when she is out.......Also when she is out she is fine to pat and pick up etc it just she don't move and it is frustrating me so if someone has any ideas on what I can do or if that is just going to be her personality a boring one at that.....

karen - 2010-04-28
Hi I just got my first alexandrine parrot. I have had him for 2 weeks now. His name is two. And I love this bird to death. He talks and does all kinds of things. But not as friendly as I would like. You can feed from the hand but he still tries to bite from time to time. But only when he is on his cage. Once off the cage you can pack him all over and he don't try to bite but once back on the cage he will bite. I don't get it?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-06-12
    The short answer is that birds can be territorial and their cage is their territory. They see it as their 'safe place' and sometimes feel they need to defend it.
hamada - 2010-03-22
I have 2 alxandrines. How do I know if they are male or female?

Please answer.

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  • rohit - 2010-04-02
    Hi......sexing of alexandrines is so easy....the male will have a black and pinkish ring around his neck and the female won't have that, but the male gets this ring after 3 years of his life!
  • Marci Lyn - 2010-05-06
    The males will develop a blackish ring around the neck and the beak will be very dark orange, where the female has a lighter beak and no dark ring around the neck---I am bringing my baby home in two days----her name is skittles and she is only 13 weeks old!
evonne - 2010-01-25
Have you found Larry yet, and what other things does he say or do?

Nikole - 2009-11-07
I've found an Alexandrine Parrot, on the 06 November, 2009. I'm in Riverview/Ipswich in QLD Australia. If you think he is yours (he has a ring on his foot) give me a call on 0414 441 767 or email me on

steve - 2009-10-25
We have 3 Alexandrines at the moment, 2 females and a male in the same 3 metre by 3 metre aviary. We also had 2 young, about 6 months in another cage, but they both died very suddenly within a week of each other. We keep the aviary very clean by brushing and hosing the concrete floor every other day to minimize any problems.
One of the females is rather aggressive towards the male so we may put her in another cage and see if the male and remaining female will mate.
The male is named Poh Jah which means Father in Thai. He is very tame and loves to kiss and be stroked. They love to eat the very hot Thai chillies and leaves of certain trees in our garden. They have 2 large nest boxes mounted high in the aviary and they have been using them now for about 6 months. We have a fishpond and waterfall in the aviary to give our birds some extra water supply if needed. As soon as I go into the aviary, at least 1 bird will fly to my head or shoulder and proceed to nibble at my ear or neck chain.
1 bird has flown away twice but has come back both times.

Antonella - 2009-10-22
I have had my Alex Tutu for a year and a half now from since he was 4 weeks old. He is part mine and my husbands family. He is my shadow following me everywhere around the house. We clipped his wings when he was younger but they grew back and we noticed that he was flying around a lot more in the house. Yesterday he flew out of my husband's hands when he was bringing him inside and we haven't found him yet. I do hope that he is ok and that he can find his way home as this has upset us very much. We love and adore him as he does and I can't understand why he would do this.

shanthi - 2009-07-27
We had an alexandrian parakeet. it is 9 months old. We named it tweety. it was very close with us and used to tell so many words including its name very nicely. But unfortunately it flew away last week. We are still in a hope it will come back to us. We don't know whether it will come back to us. We miss him a lot.

Izzy's Mom - 2009-05-18
It is quite possible to get Simon back! Please post at the regular sites - 911parrotalert; Birdmart, etc. A lot of success at these sites. Pam 911PA

M. Aubrey - 2009-03-03
We have just had our 3 year old male alexandrine parakeet fly away. It has been 3 days now. I don't think he will come back. He did this a few years ago but we were lucky as he stayed local and we found him in a tree in the next suburb. I am having the hardest time at his abscence as I am with him all the time. Usually, I can't even go to the toilet in peace! I hope he will return as we miss him terribly. He is a beautiful bird with an outstanding personality and he can dance! I hope he is safe wherever he is. His name is Simon. We are grateful we had 3 years with him and have lots of photos but I feel he is looking for a mate as he seemed restless and depressed just before he left. We will never forget him.