Animal Stories - Plum-headed Parakeet

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   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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Hadi - 2012-03-01
Hi, I have one pair of plum headed parakeets.
I have some questions:

1.One of males eye has problem and is closed! What should I do?
2.How big a cage should they be in?
3.How can I train them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-01
    Eye closed? This could be an injury but it could also be an allergy. If it is an allergy, the eye(s) should eventually be fine. If it is an injury - you might went to check it and wash with warm water. You could put just a little dab of vaseline on the eye border. Train them? If you have a pair, they are just going to do what they wish to do. It would be very difficult to train them - even to just 'step up' as they will bond with each other. Housing requirements, check out this article on Animal World Parakeet Housing
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-10
    No, they do not tolerate cold temperatures or even extremely hot but definitely not cold.
  • Tracy - 2012-05-09
    You might need to take your bird into the vet about the closing of it. I don't know but do you know how rare these birds are? you should have them in a flight cage or avary with lots of space to fly around and If you had their wings clipped professionaly and then handled them about an hour every day it will not take anytime to train these birds. Have they layed eggs yet? They are hard to breed in captivity. there is a few tricks I could teach you if your are going to breed them. Let me know.
  • Pegasus - 2013-03-29
    I have an infant Plumhead.... hardly 2-3 weeks old. Are u familiar with handling such small ones? Would u please tell me how to take care of these birds, regarding diet, hand feeding, enclosure, training etc...???
Mike - 2012-12-20
A general set of observations about our Plumhead Parrot. Ours (like others here!) is called Jade, a good cross-gender name as we don't know the sex yet. It was raised from just before fledging (so older than usual) and was difficult to feed, making cute 'I'm hungry' noises but not taking to the syringe at all well. It was raised with a Cockatiel and they are now inseparable- even calling to each other from separate rooms and sleeping in the same cage at night. Jade likes many foods, not at all difficult to feed, including seed, corn kernels, fruit and parrot pellets. It also eats grubs! Both birds plus another baby we have still have baby mix once or twice a day. Plummies have a strong beak which is also quite sharp but they don't appear to bite through anger, it's just that Jade likes to chew skin on my thumb! They are strong flyers, very fast and agile, but it pays to cover glass windows and doors as young birds have no idea of the danger from glass. When young they are also a bit clumsy when it comes to landing, especially on shoulders. We love our little guy heaps, despite being one of several hand-raised birds that have the run of the house or verandah or both.

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  • Terri Coker - 2013-03-05
    I purchased a 4yr old Plum last week. He had been in a aviary/pet store the whole time. I was told he's never talked but with 3 days he is saying I love you, Hi, and what'cha doing. He doesn't know how to step up, but is calming down and letting me feed him by hand. My questions is, should they have grit? Not sure of the benefits. I am giving him a calcium supplement and he is progressing well to fresh foods but not to pellets yet. My email is in case I can't get my book mark to work for this page. Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-05
    Hi Terri, On your question about grit... gravel and/or grit is used by birds to help break down seed in the digestion process, but it is only needed for birds that eat the seed whole, like pigeon's and doves. Parrots will hull their seeds and nuts and eat only the soft inner parts, so grit/gravel is not a requirement in their diet. They do need a source of calcium, which you are providing with the mineral block, and you can also use cuttlebone for this.
sumeet - 2011-03-08
Hi I have Plum-headed Parakeet for sale please contact me at

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  • priya - 2011-05-11
    Hello. I am interested to purchase the plum headed parakeet. Can you please give me the details of the rate and place and also age of the birds.
  • Jaie Karve - 2012-12-03
    Hi Sumeet, i am interested in buying a male plum headed parakeet who is hand fed and tame, please let me know the price..
Phyllis - 2008-08-19
We have an almost five month old plumhead that we got from a breeder at a bird show. It seems as if "he" wasn't handled even though the breeder disputes this. It has taken me weeks to get near him. His shyness concerns me. He actually turns away. But slowly, I'm getting him to step up. Does this behavior sound normal?

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  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    It takes time for plum heads to get used to you. Don't try to handle them,they will bite and have a very strong and nasty one at that. Mine is 30 years old and I've had him most of that time. They love their fruit and veggies,even meat,chicken bones,never apple seeds,forgive the spelling,full of strictnine,poison. My bird,Jade,loves bell pepper seeds the most. If they do bite,and they will.let them,do not react,when they see it doesn't do any good they stop. Enjoy them.
  • john horspool - 2012-03-01
    Do hand tame plumheads make good pets. Are they noisy and how can I get one to talk?
  • aliyaan - 2012-03-31
    This is very beautiful bird. I like it
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    No it isn't normal. If it were a baby and properly hand fed it would be as cuddly and lovey as a little kitten. He wouldn't be hand shy and he would be crawling up your pant leg to be close. He will tame but doesn't sound like the breeder was overly shall we say open with you.
  • trace - 2012-05-11
    I have Plum heads and If I were you I would clip their wings then jump right in there and start handling them. Hold them, pet them and talk to them close to your body. You will find them warming up to you quickly.
jennifer - 2012-07-15
Hi I am looking for a young, hand fed plumhead parakeet male. If anyone has any available please provide a phone number or email so I can contact you. Thank you

Patty - 2010-02-08
I'm looking for the plum-headed parakeet, they are sweet. So anyone who has this bird, please send me a e-mail. Thank you so much. I have a great home for these sweeties. Be blessed, patty

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  • Oziel Perez - 2010-12-06
    We currently have these available at ricks pet shop in McAllen Tx .
  • tom - 2012-05-02
    Hi there Patty, I have six babys in nest will be ready to go in five weeks
  • trace - 2012-05-11
    Tom how much are you charging for your Plum heads and where are you located.
ABBY - 2008-07-21
I have a plumhead parakeet. Somebody gave this talented bird to me and they named the bird, Birdie, and I never plan to change it. I've had him for about 1 year and have learned that it can say quite a few words and phrases. Birdie can whistle a few tunes, make kissing noises, and can say: Birdie, pretty bird, ahhh, I love you, and many other words. He doesn't enjoy being petted so he may bite. Other than that I enjoy having him.

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  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    I have a male plum head named Jade. He is 30 years old. Plum heads don't like to be handled at all and can have apowerful nasty bite. Jade eats anything I do. He love his fruit and veggies and meat,chicken bones,seafood but not celery.If out of his cage these guys will come to you and let them. If they bite let them .Do nothing,although painful,and when they see it doesn't do any good they will stop. Never give them apple seeds,they are full of strictnine,but bell pepper seeds are what they really love. Enjoy your friend
coree - 2011-11-05
How big is a plum-headed parakeet? I got two male budgerigars parakeet their name is Polly he is green and yellow and Blue he is blue and white.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
    Scrool up in the article and you will see a description. They run about 13 inches but sleder body and long tail.
santosh - 2011-02-03
Hi I have male plum headed parakeet, his name is tito it's a most wonderful bird, I have never caged him he always remains outside the cage he likes to eat food along with me.

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  • connie - 2011-02-15
    Are you selling your plum headed parakeet? How old is he ...? Is he friendly ... does he step up willingly? How much? Where are you located? I live in toronto canada name is connie please let me know.
  • jul\'s - 2011-07-14
    How old is your plum, and were are you located,how much are you asking for?
  • Kate and Dave - 2011-09-04
    Where can I get a Plum-headed Parakeet? I live in Phoenix, AZ
Tanisha - 2010-12-16
I am looking for a plum headed parakeet or two for my daughter for a present. If there is anyone out there that has any for sale, please feel free to contact me. I would prefer them young seeing that my children are ages 7,9 and 14 and aren't that used to this type of pet yet.

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  • lil - 2010-12-22
    Hi. I have not a pet shop & also not a peafetnol. If you need a plum head parakeet plz contact me
  • trace - 2011-01-27
    I have a pair that is mating now it will be a while before there are chicks keep in touch if you are interested.