Animal Stories - Plum-headed Parakeet


Animal-World Information about: Plum-headed Parakeet

   Bobby is a male Plum-headed parakeet. The Plum-headed female has a gray head and the male's head is grayish purple or plum colored... thus the name Plum-headed!
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Leeanne - 2014-07-24
Hi Everyone, We had a beautiful male Plumhead Parrot named Jasper! We had just moved up the Sunshine Coast, Yandina, Qld. I think it was almost the end of 2013 at the time. We had only been there for about 3 weeks when Jasper flew away and being in a completely new area and lots and lots of trees for as far as you can see, he must of lost his bearings and never came back :-( :-( he was about 4 and a half years old and had him from a tiny little syringe fed baby!!! He use to mimic my family and myself. But loved hanging out with me all the time. He use to live in the house with us and also loved spending time outside in the trees with a couple of our other birds at the time. We MISS him so very much and hope to god that he was found safely!!!!! But would loved to find him and bring him home!!!!!! If anyone up the Sunshine Coast, Yandina way and have found our baby....we would LOVE to hear from you!!!!! I know it's a long shot but I've read so many stories where animals have been reunited with their owners and am praying this will happen with our 'Jasper'!!!!! Leeanne :-)

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Mayukh Banerjee - 2014-06-08
I have adopted a plum headed parakeet (male) in the month of March, this year. I have the following three questions. 1. Still he is scared of me. When I offer my finger to 'step up' he tries to bite me till now......I came to know through the internet that I should not remove my hand when he does so....but it hurts badly....one day it makes me bleed ..... now I use a hand towel, wrapping over my hand, so that he can't bite my skin, to offer him....he steps up with ease & now he is habituated with that. But still he is scared of my bare finger. How to get rid of this? 2. He only eats corn (maize), grapes & paddy seeds....he dislikes all fruits & grains (including sunflower) except the mentioned. Is the diet right for him? 3. I want to adopt one Indian ring necked (male) next month, Should I keep the Indian ring necked with the plum headed parakeet in the same aviary?

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Crystal Gindorf - 2014-05-24
I had a pair of plumheads and I just loved them. I would like to get another pair of them, but don't know where to go for them. Can anyone help me out on this please? I lost my birds when I moved from one state to another. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. I live in Nevada close to Las Vegas. Thank you for your time.

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Ruchika - 2014-03-23
I found him on the roadside and he is with us from a month and he only has guava and barley. What must we feed him and he is not friendly and we are worried he is afraid. Tell us what to give him and what we have to do to make him play with us.

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  • hira - 2014-04-02
    Hi my plum eats bread dipped in tea or even garevi. He eats corn, strawberries, mangoes, apples...almost all types of fruits. You can try giving them these. :)
  • pankaj - 2014-05-18
    Ruchika provide them kacha mango, green indian chillis, some sprouts, and like oats chane ki daal
  • Alex - 2014-05-28
    Hi there, do you still have the male and is he tame? Looking for an untamed male for my female in the aviary.... she has been very lonely since her partner passed away :(
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hira - 2014-03-31
I have a pair of plum head parakeets. They both are very friendly with me because I am the only one to entertain them. They are very jolly and sometimes become a shouting monkey to get my attention. I love them. I have recently gotten a female parakeet for my mino (male parakeet). She in a few days has adjusted amazingly. But the problem here is that I don't know when they will breed? I want to become aunti of their kids. :) They play with each other and have an open environment, they go from one room to another. I have set some flowers and tree stumps to make my place look like a forest. But when will they breed? I am really worried. Please help me. Want to become aunti hira..

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  • pankaj holkar - 2014-05-18
    Hello no need to worry these are also like other birds and you are petting them. All you need is to provide them nesting boxes according to ther size and they get mature for mating after 3 years. Female will start spending time in a nestbox, that is the sign that she is ready to breed. And will allow male for sex. Remove all messes you have created in your house. They need their mood, their time and privacy. All you need is to provide them time.
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pravin singh - 2013-11-01
i have a small paraket but it is not in talking position i m very sad about so what to do about it to make it talk

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  • Hassaan Shakir - 2014-03-19
    You should cut it's feathers, and say some words to him daily like Hello, what's your name. He'll talk in about 3 or 5 months, If you repeat these this daily.
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Mary - 2014-03-17
I have an eight year old female Plum-headed Parakeet that is changing colors to match my male Plum-headed Parakeet. I know she is female because I had her DNA tested as a baby. The male changed colors at two to three years of age. My female has been getting the male colors for the past year! Why would this happen?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Color changes in parrots can be related to illness or a poor diet. Slight shifts in shade or intensity are normal, but a major change to a different color, or small changes along with unusual behavior, can indicate a problem. Your best bet is to take the female to a veterinarian for a checkup.
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Chelsea - 2010-03-17
At what age does a male plumhead get its full coloring in? I have found a lady how was a 10 month old male that i want to get but he has hardly no coloring. His head is a little grayish and the rest of him is green. Is this normal. How long do i have to wait for him to be beautiful!?

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  • David - 2010-08-30
    I have a mated pair of these birds, purchased when they were each about 1 year old. At about a year and a half, the male started molting into the purple head, and as of now at almost 2 years it is not complete. I would expect that by 1 1/2 years old you should start to see the black stripe and a little of the brighter color on the head. The red wing patches will also start to show up on a male at this time. It is very obvious to me as I have a certified female sitting right next to him, but the changes are very subtle at first. If the bird is older than this and no red on the wings, no black stripe and no start of a bright purple head, its probably a female. You can always get it sexed at a vet as well.
  • jjmj - 2011-05-23
    when they are 2 to 4 months
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-23
    It takes them at least a year to get their full coloring in. They have to go through their first major molt for all their new (and more colorful feathers) to come through. So let's say your little guy was born in March (breeding season). He would molt to some extent in August or so and then the following August would be his first major molt. So that would be almost 1 1/2 years. They shed their winter feathers(down) in the spring but the molt (where all new feathers come in occurs at the end of summer.
  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    It will take maybe a year or two.My plum head is 30 years old. If you would like to talk,7274085824. I'm Tim. They will eat almost every thing you will. Stay away from apple seeds,poison. Bell pepper seeds are great and they love them.
  • elizabeth - 2012-01-28
    I have a plumhead that is a year old that I thought was female but now I am not so sure because it is starting getting redish marks on its head so I am taking this as its a male instead of a female
  • shehroz - 2013-03-10
    dear in early age the colour of that bird is like or similar to female but after or on attaining maturity the male is turning to redish(purple) colour. you have male bird so donot be confuse
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-01
    The grey head means it's a female. Boys have the bright redish purple colored heads.
  • Rajasekar - 2013-11-14
    At what age Plum head start breeding
  • kizza - 2014-01-06
    They mature and can start breeding usually around 3 years of age.
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Jeannie Martin - 2013-09-11
I have a female who's layed her eggs. In the last week she isn't sitting on them very much is this normal at first?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-12
    How many eggs has she laid? Sometimes they won't start sitting on them right away and will wait until the second or third egg is laid. They usually lay one egg every 2 days, so it could take 4-6 days before she starts sitting on them. I hope she starts sitting on them soon! Keep us posted, and good luck!
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Prateek - 2013-03-29
I have an infant Plumhead.... hardly 2-3 weeks old. Is anyone familiar with handling such small ones? Would u please tell me how to take care of these birds at this starting age, regarding diet, hand feeding, enclosure, training etc...???

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