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Date:11/23/2014 2:17:48 AM
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Hello Jade~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! We are doing some cooking and laundry. We seem to do that a lot around here!!
Thank you for your votes for Muffin and I am glad you are enjoying the parakeet blogs. There is so much more to these birds than I ever knew!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Today we are going to take a look at Alexandrine Parrots.

These guys are the biggest parakeet out there! They have really long tails and look very similar to the Indian Ring-Necked but much larger. Alexandrine Parrots have a maroon colored patch on their wings that the IRN do not have. Just like the IRN you can tell the boys from the girls by the ring around their neck. The boys have the black ring with pink and blue shading and the girls do not.

They originate from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They are named after Alexander the Great. He was just fascinated by these birds and brought many of them home with him. They have "naturalized themselves in Germany, South England, Belgium, Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands. They enjoy perching in trees and it's very hard to see them when they are up there. They say that you can hear their screech from far away but most people have a hard time finding them up in trees!

They are very good talkers but people have to teach them when they are very young. If they are exposed to talking early on they usually start talking at 8 months old. They say once they start talking, they never stop! Sort of sounds like an Amazon to me! An interesting thing about them is that the do not take on the tone of the person teaching them to talk but have their own tone! If they are not socialized early, some will never talk.

They like to eat about the same diet as Indian Ring-necked, blossoms, fruit and seeds, but the are considered omnivores so they must eat bugs too!

It is illegal to own, sell or trap these birds in India and Pakistan. They became so popular over there that the flocks were beginning to diminish so the government stepped in to save the wild flocks. Here in the US I could only find them listed as illegal in New Jersey. We saw a post on a parrot blog that they were illegal in Georgia but we can't confirm that.

Thank you for your time! Please fly on over to Coach Muffin's Page 203943 and leave a vote for her today!!

Enjoy your day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar
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