5 Interesting Facts About Alexandrine Parakeets

Alexandrine Parakeet

This is an Alexandrine parakeet showing off his sharp beak

Today I want to write about a beautiful bird that you don;t want to get bitten by, the Alexandrine parakeet.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These lovely parrots are the largest species of parakeet in the world and measure up to 62 cm long.  Their very long tails are often longer than their bodies.
  2. They are named after Alexander the Great, who is said to have first brought these birds from Asia to Europe.
  3. Alexandrine parakeets live in small flocks and spend most of their time in trees, eating seeds, flowers, buds, nectar and fruit.  Their green feathers provide excellent camouflage, making them very hard to see, however, they are very noisy, so they are easy to hear.
  4. At breeding time, they lay 2-4 eggs in a tree cavity.
  5. Alexandrine parakeets are found in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh and are near threatened due to habitat loss and poaching for the pet trade. They are very popular pets as they are very beautiful and have also been introduced to parts of Europe and the Middle East.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Alexandrine parakeets?

Similar species:

Rose-Ringed Parakeet

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