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Red-Rumped Parakeet birds

Red-Rumped Parakeet Bird Species
Red-Rumped Parakeet Stats
Scientific Name:  Psephotus haematonotus
Size:  9 to 11 inches
Native Region:  Australia
Life Expectancy:  10 years
Noise Level:  Low

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Red-Rumped Parakeet Species Profile
Traits:  The red-rumped parakeet is the most suitable pet bird within this genus of grass parakeets. Red-rumped parakeets are animated and active.

Behavior/Health Concerns:  A red-rumped parakeet's diet is similar to a hookbill's. The red-rumped parakeet enjoys fruits, such as apple and pear. They also enjoy vegetables like carrots, corn and peas along with dark green leafy foods, such as spinach and kale. Red-rumped parakeets and other small hookbills enjoy an occasional feeding of whole-grain snacks that are low in salt, sugar or oils. Try plain rice cakes, toasted oat and puffed grain cereal. This species of pet bird is sexually dimorphic; however, mutations have developed with these birds in captivity. Male red-rumped parakeets are iridescent green with a yellow breast and a red rump at the end of their dark blue-green tail feathers. Females are a dull olive-green color which sets them apart from the males. Mutations include cinnamon, lutino, pied, opaline, blue, silver and albino as well as mutations combining of these colors.

Expert Advice

“Red-rumped parakeets are great breeders, but very aggressive towards other birds. I have had hens with red on there rumps, especially within the mutations.”

Melinda Schmitz, owner of Anza’s Australian Beauties aviaries

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