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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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jackie aka swettie
Awww, I love your pics. I'm using them for a project in science.
An update from my last comments in July 2006 on my Plum Head named Blaze. I'm not sure if I have a male or female as I have read they reach their adult plumage in 2 to 3 years. Blaze is about 11 months old and looks like a female (I've read they all reach female plumage in 9 to 15 months). The wonderful thing is the bird is talking. He/she has quite a little vocabulary and says things like "That's my little baby," "Hi baby," "My sweetheart," "Love mommy," "Hello, Hello, I'm Blaze" (a little garbled on this one, but I know what's he/she's trying to say) and mimmicks my kissing sounds as well. He/she is very affectionate and will give me kisses through the bars of the cage. When Blaze is on my shoulder, he/she nibbles on my ear. Blaze is becoming more delightful the older he/she gets.
My plumhead, Zoey will be two on March 12th. I've had her since she was about 2 months old. She wasn't hand tamed when I got her, but in time, about a year later, SHE decided she wanted to step-up. She is fully flighted as are all my birds in the bird room and when I go in there, she lands on my shoulder and just sits there and stares at me. She's so adorable. She's learned to mimic my kissing sound I make to her. She's very smart and if I walk in there with an open bag of nutriberries, she lands on the bag and steals one and takes off before I even realize what she's done. Talk about a little clown, she grabs the two corners of her cage, one with each foot and flips up and down over and over. She can run sideways down a perch at a lightening speed. I swear it's as if she's in fast motion.
Amazing little bird she is!
I purchased a Plum Head from a local pet store a couple of months ago when it was 2 months old. The cage I first put it in had sliding openings for the feeding cups and main entry. This was just going to be a temporary cage until I bought a larger one later on. I heard a banging sound coming from the room I kept the bird in. When I went to investigate I found that it was trying to open these doors! It would pull on the top of the door and when it let go, the door made a banging sound. It took only one day for this bird to figure this out! So they are very smart. I went out immediately to buy that larger cage with a lock.
I've had the bird for a couple of months now and it is already trying to mimick me. I say 'hello, hello I'm Blaze' and although I do not hear words, the bird is mimicking my adulation when I say this. I talk to it and it 'answers' back. When puchased young, I find this bird likes to be handled (the first week it just flew off my finger) and I can stroke it from head to tail. I say they make an excellent companion!
I have had him for almost two years now and can honestly say I will never part from him. He has a 10 or 15 word vocabulary and says more phrases than words. He is also extremely intelligent, loves to spend time with me, and always preens me. He is very sweet and even gentle. If you are contemplating on getting a plum head do not hesitate. They are beautiful and are wonderful pets. They can make beautiful calling sounds and some less pleasant sounds but my guy is not even as loud as a cockatiel and definitely no where near as loud as conures. (People say they do not make good pets because they have not spent enough time with a plum head to make it one.)Angelo is my plum head's name and I hope everyone could experience the joy of owning a lovable plum head.
your bird pictures are so striking in beauty i come to your wbsite everyday to learn more about parakeets because i am thinking of getting some later in life.
from your favorite fan of this website cole wilson
I lost my little girl, and she was the love of my life, i miss her everyday and i can still hear her loud shreiking in my head. no other bird will ever replace her and i hope she is happy and well whereever she may be right now, she has her freedom now.
A friend of mine lost his plum head hen, but the cock has bonded with a Quaker parrot. I think these birds are beautiful but they are still quite rare and hard to find, as my friend would love to find his bird a partner.
I love my little guy. He is a wonderful pet very loving and a clown in his cage. He loves to sit on your finger and listen intently to every word you say. He says a few words but he is only ten months old so I consider him a good talker. If you want a plum head make sure you have plenty of time for them because the more you handle and play with them the sweeter they become.
Never keep these birds in a cage. They will suffer tremendously. If you want to keep them provide them with spacious aviaries and they will be at their best. Please do not keep wild caught birds of this species as they are getting rarer by the day.