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Princess Parrot  

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

Princess of Wales Parakeet

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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.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
40cm (15.6 in) 92g (3.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

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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Content Sources:

Central Pets


Internet Bird Collection

Bird Health

Lexicon of Parrots


BirdLife International

ML Media Collection Catalogue 20547, Princess Parrot Polytelis alexandrae, Orenstein, Ronald, South Australia, Jul. 19 1970, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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