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The Alexandrine Parakeet, like most of the ringnecks, is a very striking bird.
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Don & JoAnn Morse
My wife and I adopted a female Alexandrine a few months ago. She joined our family which included a male Blue Conure and our house general, Buddy, a grey cockatiel we've had for 20 years. We had just lost our previous house general, Joey, a grey who reached 24.
Our Alexandrine, Maestro, must have been impeccably trained by her previous owner. Being given up only due to the previous owners pregnancy and new baby, we were the lucky recipients. This parakeet is without a doubt the most gentle, loveable bird we've ever owned. Docile, social, and courteous would be the three words that best describe her. She's comfortable with anyone that comes in the house and even tolerates our 4 year old grandson. And yes, even our 20 month old grandson was able to stroke her while on our hand. She simply adjusted to the situation. She's a dear. on my shoulder as I write this she just helped me finish dinner of a plate of vegetables, now preening. This bird would be a great pet, but she does require heaps of attention and love.
My Alexadrine, Jerry, is now 1 year old. He was bought by my son (11) who researched birds extensively before purchasing with his birthday money from a breeder who hand fed him from a few weeks old. Jerry has become one of the family and lives inside with us. He is just amazing and at 4 months old picked up his first word Hello. He now has an extensive vocab and also has a few tricks up his sleeves. I found that once he got his first word out it didn't take long before he started with other words. He is unbelieveably bright and is very connected to all of us. I'm sure he thinks he is human and not a bird. We are all out during the day with school and work. He has alot to entertain himself with in his cage and we leave the radio on for him during the day. We make sure he is included in everything when we are at home including meal times. I would recommend this bird to any family as they are very entertaining and give you great pleasure.
Hi my female Alexandrian parakeet Is so cute. She also sleeps in the day and preens herself the whole day. thanks
My male Alex is called Bailey (Like Irish Cream). He is 3 1/2 yrs old and shares his B-Day with his human mom of Jan, 31st. We hand fed him for about 3 weeks. Definitely the kindest animal I've seen. He does get protective of his food dish in his cage, otherwise never a bite. He does at times get into a bayo-rit whistle that he learned from me. His mom and I have spent countless hours teaching songs like 'Oh Danny boy' and 'My name is MacNamara'. Vocab is hello, gimmie a kiss, where you goin, come here, what are you doin, Hello, friends, and more. Even got him to "poop on the paper" most time. His beautiful moustache and ring came in at about 2 yrs. I believe the bonding while hand feeding was the key, and of course the amount of time spent also. Good luck to all. Mike and Bailey
Hi, My name is Heather I adopted a misunderstood alex parakeet when I was 16 she was very mean and bit everyone that walked by her cage! I solved this by spending alot of time just sitting next 2 her cage and talking and watching tv till one day she walked up to me! The thing is you have to be willing to get bit everytime you pull your hand back, they learn how to control you. A glove might work but for many birds it intimidates them even more! She learned hello the first night I brought her home but it took months for my trust, but after it was earned she was the best pet ever. I would wake up every morning with her nibbling on my fingers! We lost her 3 years ago and now my husband has a timneh african grey named harley but he isn't nearly as loving as she was. So now I am getting another alex for myself and my 3 year old daughter.
Hi everyone. I've got a male alexanrine named Mick (after Mick Jagger). He's very very mean. He doesn't like to be touched and would take your finger off if you gave him half a chance. Nobody touches him because they are all scared of him. I let him out but have to use a stick to work with him. He says 'hello boy'. I hand fed Mick and it seems when he started eating on his own he turned a bit nasty. He is particularly evil in his cage.... if I give him food he goes for my fingers and growls. I would really love to make him more affectionate and loveable to the family. Debra
Hi, I am Suranzone from India. I have one Alex named 'Mithu'. He is a 2yr old male with extensive vocabulary. He loves to chew things and especially loves me and my mother. And he loves to talk more & more...a very beautiful pet I have ever seen.
Hi I have had a female Alexandrine Parakeet for 7 years, this is the 3rd year she is hatching. I am the only one able to play with her, very aggressive with other people. She does not mimick, simply says "Allo" all the time, or sings when we are not watching. Would like to let her go out of her cage more often but she eats plants and chews averything she can find so this is very destructive. I wonder if I could make her less aggressive and less destructive, thus allowing her to fly around the house more often. Thanks, Francois from Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
We have had Harlequin for about 9 months and feel he/she/it is the best bird. Harley has been talking for about 4 months now, with Hello, Good Boy, Hello Harley, Hello Harlequin, Are you a good Bird and other noises which we haven't deciphered yet.
He loves to learn tricks and will fetch small objects and put them in a dish - his version of basketball, he waves to us and nods.
He screeches a bit when he hears the car coming up the drive, but is very quiet apart from that.
He loves being out of his cage and his regular shower times.
His favourite toy is destroying plastic milk bottle tops tied together on a string.
Food he doesn't like he picks up and tosses from his platter. We don't witness any aggression from Harley - except he may warn us that he doesn't like the idea of having to go back into his cage.
He has learned how to open the cage door when it is unlatched and climbs on top of his cage and runs along it to say 'Hello' to the cockatiels in the cage beside him.
Cuddles and being touched is not something Harley currently enjoys, but is something we are trying to encourage.
The rewards Harley gives us is well worth the time we have spent training him.
Hi We have had an Alexandrine parrot for about 1 year now. They are amazing and highly intelligent birds. Along with the other birds we have, I have found that he picks up different words and sounds much faster than the other normal ring necks that we have. He is a very gentle bird and loves to fondle and receive attention.
Chris, South Africa.