Animal Stories - Derbyan Parakeet

Animal-World Information about: Derbyan Parakeet

   The mature Derbyan Parakeet is a striking bird with beautiful shades of violet blue on the head and breast!
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Wendy Scott - 2011-08-11
I'm getting my 1st Derby baby tomorrow. He's about 3 months old and I'm so excited!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-12
  • Lisa Reiser - 2011-11-05
    I just got my son his Derbyan for his 21st birthday. What a beautiful bird and so docile. He is 7 months old.
  • william, - 2012-11-25
    Hello, I bought a Derbyan baby parrot and supposedly it is a female dna. But someone told me that if the beak is red it is a male. Do you know when they are born if females beaks are black and the male is red,  any suggestions?  thanks William
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-25
    Nice... you've got a wonderful bird!. On your questions about beak color, as you can see above in the description section, the juveniles all have a beak that is an orangish-red. So unless the beak stays red, you've got a girl:)
Melissa - 2010-06-02
Both my male and female derbyan have very good vocabularies. They are now incubating three possibly going on four eggs. One of the derbyans actually asked if I were alright when I tripped in the yard. I had to look to see who was saying it as it was so clear. I had also the misfortune of losing my beloved Wally as a result of a hurricane threat around October/December 2007 here in Florida. He was in the house and had escaped the cage he had been placed in temporarily and flew over my head and out the back door when someone went to go outside.

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  • william - 2012-10-05
    Hi I am looking to purchase a male moustache weanned and tame baby can you help me? Thanks William,
Beverly - 2010-01-18
I bought a pair of Derbyans in 1992, who have had many babies. I have never tried to "tame" the pair, but they have become very calm with me over the years. I kept some of their babies and they all are wonderfully tame. They have the most beautiful voices you will ever hear! They love to sing and laugh, play with each other, chase each other around - good exercise,and have fun. They like sitting on my shoulder or head. They are very calm and very gentle birds, but can startle easily. Most say/sing "beautiful Derbyan Parakeet birdie", and "Way up in the sky little birds fly", "pipe down", "it's okay, you're okay", "owie, owie" and many other words and phrases and each other's names. They are my very favorite species of parrot!

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  • Renee Devera - 2011-07-22
    I have an absolutely gorgeous male Derbyan. He is almost 6 years old. He has the most terrific vocabulary, very comparable to a Congo African Grey. Honestly, his vocabulary is better than many CAG's. He can be a real sweetheart, but he is actually kind of sneaky or unpredictable from day to day or hour to hour. I've been debating on what to do. He has actually lived as a cage mate with a male spectacled amazon. They are for sure "The Odd Couple". Recently, the Derbyan has become very aggressive with the little amazon, very similar to the way a pair of breeders will often become. I wonder what would happen if I separate them? I also wonder if I were to purchase a female, would he possibly bond to her and become a breeding pair? Thirdly, do you think he would calm down and be more predictable and handleable if he were separated from his buddy? Do you know where I might be able to acquire a female and what would be a good price? I live in the Midwest, if that help in answering the price question. Though Ricky has been one of my prized possessions, due to the fact that they are fairly rare (at least around here) and one of the most colorful and beautiful birds I've ever seen, especially for being as large as he is. There are lots of colorful small bird and of course many beautifully colored macaws, but he's kind of mid size at about 23 inches long. I hope you get this and you are able to email me at or even call me at 815-980-8222. Sorry, I hope it isn't too many questions, but I don't know who else to turn to. If I were to sell him, what should I ask for a price and if I find a female, what should I expect to pay? Thank you in advance.
  • Fred nikolic - 2010-02-25
    Beverly, or anyone else who has this type of bird how much do they cost or go for if I would like to buy one, I seem to not be able to find one... thanks for your help.. Fred
  • Sheryl coffman - 2011-02-14
    Hi Beverly,

    I am looking for a pair of Derbyans or babies do you currently have or expect any?
  • Lucy - 2011-02-28

    I have been looking for a female Derbyan. Do you have one or do you know anyone? Lucy
Arwen - 2011-09-23
I have had Asia since the was a five week old little bald baby. She is now 8 and one of the most calm, loving and sociable birds that I have met. She doesn't talk (although she can) however I prefer my birds to be more bird-like than human like and does affection on her own terms only. She is strong and very willful but never nasty. She is my first Derbyan and I was nervous before I got her however I could never have imagined what wonderful birds they are.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-23
    It is so wonderful to get a baby bird and grow with it. You know them and a familiar friend with all aspects of their personlity. Besides they always train their himan - we just have to learn.
  • lily - 2012-01-27
    I want a Derbyan parrot and I wan wondering how much they cost plz tell me so I can get one thank you
Linda - 2011-10-16
We got our derbyan when he was 9mo old. He turned two in May and is really a delight. He is quite a talker, but we don't have much time to teach him tricks. When we are home from work, he thinks we should be in the same room or he really let's us know with his loud squawking. If he thinks we are mad at him and tell him NO, he tells us "I love papa,papa, dad n' dad and BARNEY!!! Works every time, lol.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-10-17
    How can you resist? Oh... and who is Barney?
Renee Devera - 2011-07-23
If anyone has any information about where I can find a female Derbyan at a decent price, please contact me to pass on any information you have. Thank you all for this great group of very informed Derbyan owners.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    Go to bird talk and look up breeders ads in the back and see what you can find. You can also try online - I don't know where you live - and look for breeders.
  • Wendy Scott - 2011-08-11
    If you are still looking for a female derbyan contact Wendys Winged Companion in FL (different Wendy). You can find her on I am getting a male from her tomorrow. This will be the 2nd bird I've gotten from Wendy and even with having to ship, she is wonderful to deal with. There was one female in the clutch that she thought she'd sold, but I just checked after seeing your post and the female is still available. Good Luck.
  • WENDY CARLSON - 2011-08-11
    Good Evening Renee,

    As Wendy Scott relayed, I do have 1 female derbyan available. She is the oldest of the clutch, and the only female. Her mother talks up a storm and runs the roost! Please feel free to email me at I'd love to help in any way I can.
  • Missi - 2011-09-25
    Wendy S., last weekend I got a male from Wendy C. from the same clutch as yours :D Email me! It will be fun to watch my little guy's brother grow up, would you agree? :)
Therese Dunnigan 2005-10-24 - 2005-10-24
My Derbyan is called "Bombay". He is handsome and loving. I purchase him four years ago and I recommend this bird to the beginner, as well as the advance bird lover. He has a large vocabulary and can master tricks with ease. There are few articles written about the Derbyan Parakeet and I thank you for your information.

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  • amy payne - 2011-09-14
    Did you have a daughter named billie michelle, kim, tanya?
susan - 2010-06-20
Can Derbyan Parakeets live with cockatiels?

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  • Renee Devera - 2011-07-23
    I would have to say it is possible. Before placing them all together make sure you take the time properly introduce them by putting their cages next to each other. Then the next step, which must be done under extreme supervision, would be allowing them playtime together. Stay close in case there is a problem that you tend to quickly. The third step I would suggest moving them all into an entirely different larger cage. The purpose of that is to make sure nobody feels intruded upon by moving the tiles into the Derbyan cage or vice versa. Many birds are territorial when it comes to the safe haven and comfort of their own cage. Hope I helped and good luck
jose - 2008-05-29
I would like somebody's help telling me the difference between the derbyan parakeet and the mustache parakeet. I have two females that I thought were mustaches, and maybe they are derbyan.
Jose 05/29/08

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  • Ashley - 2010-06-25
    I would like to know the difference too.... I have someone who is selling me a pair of Mustache Parakeets, one has a black beak (looks exactly like my friends Derbyan) and one has an orange beak... They said the pair was proven by someone else. Are they selling me two different types of birds, will they make a hybrid?
  • Tracey - 2011-04-06
    Derbyans are much larger than moustaches.
Dobri - 2010-12-07
Hello everybody! I would like to know if it is possible to breed Psittacula derbiana chinensis with Psittacula derbiana derbiana? Actually, I have mature male bird, but I cannot be sure what is my bird. I want also to provide him female, but also I am not sure if they will match... Does anyone know if they can live and breed without problems if they are not same type? Thanx!

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  • Brenda Fallone - 2010-12-13
    The assignment of different subspecies can be controversial and the parsing of ssp. mentioned above has not been affirmed by the International Ornithological Congress. It is unlikely that your birds will be aware of any genetic variation between different populations. Having said that, not all human-paired birds turn out to be sexually compatible. There's always the risk that your birds won't take to each other.
  • karen - 2010-12-23
    You should never breed unless you are 100% certain that they are the same type of bird. This would lead to problems later. Take them both to an avian vet and find out exactly what you have. I hope this helps.