Wild Alexandrian Parakeet perched on branchCredit: © Ron Hoff
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One of the largest parakeets, the Alexandrine was named for Alexander the Great, who was rumoured to have one as a pet.
Races including nominate:
|58 cm (22.6 in)
||250-260g (8.75-9.1 oz)
five: P.e. eupatria, P.e. nipalensis, P.e. magnirostris, P.e. avensis, P.e. siamensis
Colourization Adult: P.e. eupatria:
male-faint black strip from lores to eye; wide black stripe across lower cheeks; broad pink collar around hindneck; dark purple/red patch on inner secondary coverts. Thighs green/grey. Bill red. Eye pale yellow. Female-duller, with no black under cheeks.
both adults overall colour more grey/green; broader black stripe across lower cheeks; occiput and cheeks washed with blue; larger in size.
male-thin blue stripe on hindneck above pink collar; brighter red spot on wing; larger in size; heavier bill. Female-as in eupatria,
but larger bill.
male-as in nipalensis,
but thin blue stripe on hindneck, occasionally absent; neck and underparts more yellow/green; smaller bill. Female-as in nipalensis,
but smaller bill.
male-as in avensis,
but occiput and nape suffused with blue; paler, more red spot on wing; face and neck yellowish. Female-as in avensis,
but face and neck yellowish.
Colourization Juvenile: P.e. eupatria:
as in female; shorter tail. Eye grey.
as in eupatria
but larger heavier bill.
Harsh and loud in general; described as ringing, loud, deep and scolding. Shrieks accompany mobbing of predators when alarmed. Flocks will excitedly chorus together. Listen now
Recent Academic Research: Google Scholar - search results
Central Pets http://www.centralpets.com/animals/birds/parrots/prt1156.html
BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1527&m=0
Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/
ML Media Collection Catalogue 111605, Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria), Macaulay, Linda, Nepal, Mar. 7, 1999, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
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