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The mature Derbyan Parakeet is a striking bird with beautiful shades of violet blue on the head and breast!
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Hi, I need help. I have a bird that looks just like this one, but mine has a black beek, a green chest, and rose cheeks. Does anybody know what kind he is?
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If it is older and has the black beak Jason then it would be a female. There is a smaller version that is called a moustache parakeet as well that has the same differences in beak color (males orange, females black).
My Derbyan is seven years old. I've had her since she started to eat seed. She's always had some unusual coloring in that the green feathers down her back were edged in black. (My other two derbyans of the same age and other derbyans I have seen don't have this so I assume it's unusual.) Now her front feathers that are normally purple are turning yellow. She just had her second molt with the top of her chest being yellow, the bottom half is still purple. In this second molt, the yellow seems to have spread to the back and her primary feathers are coming in white. Is this something I should be worried about? Is there an explanation for it?
Derbyans are bigger than the mustache. They are about 20 inches whereas mustache are 13 inches.
Kurt van Wyk
Hello Jason. Your bird is not a different species but it is simply a female! The green on her chest is quite special though!
Hello this is Leanne from Australia again. An update on our derbyan Mac! Bites my boyfriend only sometimes now mainly when people are around. He is letting him pat him loves kisses from both of us. Everytime we give him some food he kissed us twice. Mac cant stand to be left alone when we are out of sight he always flys down after a few minutes and says "HELLO" and always finds us! Hears the shower and flys down and walks into the bathroom and wont stop talking and most of the time has a shower with us too. I now know when mac wants a pat he puts his head down for me. There is so much I could write. Bye for now
I look at Derbyans and other psittacula as having the cat-like personalities of the parrot world. Like many cats, they don't really need you, they just tolerate you and will show affection on occasion...on their terms. I hand-fed my Derbyan from 6 weeks of age to weaning (she was raised in a great environment before that), and she is still quite grumpy at times. She has learned to growl instead of bite when she is mad luckily, and she is not territorial at all, always stepping up even when inside her cage. However, she "tolerates" being pet, pinning her eyes and just sitting there growling, or whatever is close to a growl for a parrot. She hasn't drawn blood with a bite to this day, and on occasion preens my hair (even while typing this). She is a great talker, learning various Star Trek phrases and speaking them like a 5 year old would, VERY loudly and slightly off-key. And she'll destroy anything chewable within reach of her cage. Watch out for that....somehow she survived chewing through a power cable for my cordless phone (she flew to the kitchen counter...)
For people like me who live alone and work outside the home for 8 or more hours a day and appreciate companionship with their birds when they get home (every day, out of the cage!), psittacula, including Derbyan Parakeets, are great. I had a TAG that was a GREAT companion, but I didn't like the clinginess of that bird....my ringneck and Derbyan are happy sitting on the back of my office chair, watching me type, and enjoying the occasion petting session.
I have had Anastasia for 23 of her 24 years of life. From what I have read about derbyans, being standoffish is normal for the species, and I would not recommend one for a family looking for cuddly pet. However that does not mean that they don't like company. Annie is very happy perching on a shoulder, and will even preen you when she feels affectionate. However, I am the only person that has ever been able to pet her, and even then not when there is company around.
I just bought my Derbyan parakeet this past September. He was 7 months old. He caught my eye with his beautiful colors but he won our hearts with his sweet calm disposition. He is already saying a few words and his "songs" are very interesting. It's true he's a little shy but never aggressive and he enjoys being with the family. The only shock was the amazing speed with which he destroys his wood toys ... he destroys macaw size toys faster than my greenwing macaw. He is a good eater and willing to try new foods. We all feel very lucky to have him in our home.
Hello we have a 20 month old Derbyan Male named "Mac" we bought him when he was 4 months old.
He is so very cute! he talks alot, sings and dances!
Mac has taken well to me, he lets me pat him and hold him on my hand . He loves his beak being tickled ! He is a little unsure of my boyfriend and other males.
we will have many more years of fun and laughter with him.
Thanks for this website too!
Bye from Australia :)
My Derbyan, Darby O'Keet, is an absolute jewel. He is very attached to me and such a sweetie in a stereotypical Asian way. Not fond of hands or petting, he does however enjoy a kiss on the top of his head or belly. He is usually happiest just being with us, and is a very "easy" bird. A cute little talker, he has the most hilarious of belly laughs. Definitely my little "Buddha Bird".