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Princess Parrot

 (Polytelis alexandrae)

Also known as: Princess Alexandra's Parrot, Alexandra's Parrot, Princess of Wales Parakeet, Queen Alexandra's Parakeet, Rose-throated Parakeet, Spinifex Parrot

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Did You Know?

The name "Princess Parrot" or "Princess Parakeet" was given in honour of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who later married the Prince of Wales Edward VII and became Princess of Wales.

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Species Profile

Genus: Polytelis | Species: alexandrae

Size:

40cm (15.6 in)

Weight:

92g (3.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-rose/pink chin, throat, and foreneck; grey/olive breast and abdomen, abdomen variably washed with grey/purple; rose/pink thighs and lower flanks; olive/green hindneck, mantle and upper back; purple/blue lower back to upper tail coverts; wing patch yellow/green and very visible; blue/green primary feathers; olive/green tail with rose/pink margins to inner webs of side tail feathers. Bill orange/red. Eye orange/red. Female-in general duller than male; duller green upper wing coverts, less yellow; shorter tail.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female but in general duller. Bill pale brown/pink. Eye brown.

Call:

Given prior to taking flight or in flight calls are prolonged, harsh and chattering. While perched emits a variety of chirrupings, croaks and grunts, with some sharp, short notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Wikipedia
Internet Bird Collection
Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 20547, Princess Parrot Polytelis alexandrae, Orenstein, Ronald, South Australia, Jul. 19 1970, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi, Grajal, 2000.
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Princess Parrot
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Did You Know?

The name "Princess Parrot" or "Princess Parakeet" was given in honour of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who later married the Prince of Wales Edward VII and became Princess of Wales.

Academic Research

Related publications: Polytelis alexandrae

Species Care

Captive Status:

Fairly common

Longevity:

20-30yrs

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion, sowthistle, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from: hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, carrot and low-fat cheese, all ground to a crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, pear, banana and oranges.

Enrichment:

Provide large flight if possible. Install multiple perches of varying sizes, to facilitate exercise by flying.

Nest Box Size:

24" (61cm) nest log with 8" (20.3cm) interior.

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

20 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

6g (0.2 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

104g (3.6 oz)

Specialist Club:

Avicultural Society of Australia

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Princess Parrot
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Did You Know?

The name "Princess Parrot" or "Princess Parakeet" was given in honour of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who later married the Prince of Wales Edward VII and became Princess of Wales.

Academic Research

Related publications: Polytelis alexandrae

Species Wild Status

World Population:

About 7500

IUCN Red List Status:

Near-threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Possibly a change in water availability in different areas (increases in some areas may have led this species to move to those areas), changing fire regimes, introduction of cats and Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes), and introduction of competitors such as sheep, camels and rabbits.

Range:

Found in interior of W and C Australia, from Great Sandy Desert and eastern Goldfields, W Australia, east to W Queensland and northern S Australia.

Habitat:

Inhabits sandy areas with scattered casuarina shrubs or where river redgums provide breeding sites near water. Also dry riverine Eucalyptus woodland, hummock grassland, Acacia scrub and mulga areas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds of spinifex and mulga grass and nectar.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Very nomadic and difficult to track. Birds are seen in singles, pairs or small groups of up to 15. Older records exist of larger breeding colonies. Individuals feed on the ground and may be quite approachable.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 rounded eggs, 27.5 x 22.0mm (1.1 x 0.8 in).

Breeding Season:

September-January, and may be prompted by the arrival of rain.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Arkive
Australian Govenment Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water and Population

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Princess Parrot
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Did You Know?

The name "Princess Parrot" or "Princess Parakeet" was given in honour of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who later married the Prince of Wales Edward VII and became Princess of Wales.

Academic Research

Related publications: Polytelis alexandrae

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