Scientific name: Polytelis alexandrae
Life span: 15-30 years
Country of origin: Australia
Pet owner knowledge required: Beginner/Intermediate/Advance
Breeder knowledge required: Beginner/Intermediate/Advance
Description: Princess Parrots can measure up to 45cm in length (including tail). Adults usually weigh between 100 and 120 grams. The majority of the plumage on the back, wings and tail is an olive-green and the wing-coverts are a bright lime green. The crown and nape have a blue tinge with a more blue-green on the breast and abdomen. The throat and cheeks are a pinkish-red in colour. The upper tail-coverts and the rump are more of a violet-blue colour. Underneath the tail feathers are black with pinkish-red inner webs, which are visible in full flight. Adult Princess Parrots are classed as monomorphic but adult males have longer tail feathers, stronger blue on the crown and the third primary flight feather has an elongated, spatula-like tip.
Princess Parrots as aviary birds: Princess parrots are magnificent to watch fly with their tail feathers fanned out so a spacious flight is preferred by both bird and aviculturalist. They are moderately noisy birds and males can be quite vocal. This does not always make them a favourable species to keep, but if it can be tolerated then their beauty can be more appreciated. They are naturally inquisitive birds and aviary birds can become accustomed to their keeper, feeding our of bowls that are handed to them or even directly out of the hand. Princess Parrots are quite succeptable to parasitic infections and regular treatment is essential. Suspended aviaries can make cleaning up much easier, thus reducing the chances of infection. Princess Parrots are often kept as one pair per aviary, however they are docile birds and many aviculturalists will keep them with birds of a similar nature, such as Neophemas. It is recommended to keep more than one pair within earshot of each other as they are often stimulated to breed from the sounds of another breeding pair. They will lay 4-7 eggs with an incubation of 20-21 days. Princess Parrots have been successfully bred in I -shaped, L-shaped and Z-shaped boxes, but pairs may have a preference for boxes similar to those that they themselves were reared in.
Princess Parrot mutations: There are various mutations recorded for Princess parrots. The most common is the blue mutation where the shades of green are replaced by shades of blue and the pink is replaced with grey. Yellow mutations have a bright yellow replacing the green plumage and the pink has a strong watermellon colour. Whites and limes are other rare mutations that can be found.
Princess Parrots as pets: Princess Parrots are not commonally kept as pets and this is due to no fault of their own. They are mostly kept as aviary birds and not many people searching for a bird as a pet are aware that they even exist. Their long tails and striking colours make them equisite to watch and their naturally friendly nature makes them quite easy to tame. As a pet they can compare to a cockatiel with the same gentle qualities and all though a little dearer, they do make a nice change to the more commonally kept birds. They are moderate talkers, fantastic whistlers and make amazing pets for anyone who wants to keep something a little more 'Australian' or different to the standard cockatiels without going for the more dearer conures/quakers or messy lorikeets. They do love to fly and are very energetic birds so will often flit around the house for a while when first let out of their cage to burn of some energy but will be happy to sit with you after their exercise requirements have been met. Males can make loud calls when they are excited or aroused (mating calls) but in pet birds these calls are usually only for a short period of time and some people find their calls fascinating.
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