Alexandrine Parrot: Species Profile 2023

alexandrine parrot

Species Overview

Also Known As: Alexandrine parakeet

Scientific Name: Psittacula eupatria

Adult Size: 22-25 inches

Life Expectancy: 40 years

Is The Alexandrine Parrot a good pet?

  • Social and affectionate
  • They can learn to talk as they’re one of the top 10 talking parrot species
  • They can be loud
  • Demand a lot of attention and out of cage time
  • They may stick to one owner once they develop a bond

General Information

The Alexandrine is known as a gentle bird with a huge beak. The homeland of the Alexandrine is Indonesia with 5 subspecies. Their average lifespan is 40 years. They are not dimorphic (visual difference between male and female) until the reach the age of 36 months. By the time they are 3 years old, they are sexually mature and the males will develop pitch black neck rings and pink nape bands in adulthood.


These are one of the longest kept pets on the Eurasian continent with their name being taken from Alexander the Great. Alexandrines are highly active birds who love to chew on toys and bathe frequently. They just love to play in water. These birds make excellent pets but need daily interaction with their humans and ample out-of-cage time or they could become aggressive as they get older. They are among the top 10 talkers in the bird world, but; you will need to reinforce behavior so that they do not become out-of-cage destructive.


They may tend to favor one person over other family members and become jealous or aggressive, but; proper training will keep that to a minimum. Quakers tend to be this way too. An all seed diet is deadly for an Alexandrine’s parrot, as it is for other companion birds. Make sure to feed a rounded, nutritious diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, seed, pellets and safe table foods. The more variety of food that they get, the better. .A well socialized Alexandrine with lots of wooden toys and a will provide many years of companionship and love. Alexandrines require a spacious cage to accommodate their play and of course, their majestic tail.

What food do they eat?

The Alexandrine Parrot needs to have a well rounded, nutritious diet consisting of fruits and vegetables, seed, pellets and safe table foods. The more variety of food that they get, the better.

Alexandrine Parrot Price

These parrots can be rescued, adopted, or purchased at verified organizations or adoption websites like Petfinder. Pricing ranges from $500 to $1500.


If you want to choose a breeder, make sure that the breeder is reputable by asking them how long they’ve been breeding and working with Macaws. Ask for a tour, but don’t be alarmed if you are unable to tour the facilities in which they keep the birds. Many reputable breeders opt to work under closed aviaries, which prevents diseases from infecting the flock.

How big is the Alexandrine Parrot?

All range from 22″ to 25″ beak to tail with a 10″ to 12″ wingspan, so as with all parrots you need to ensure you find a cage big enough to look after these birds correctly.


The Alexandrine Parrot is typically quite talkative and can develop a gorgeous tune and impressive vocabulary. This parrot can develop into being an amazing household pet. They’re very loyal and don’t mind a bit of affection. They can be quick to learn new tricks if you put the time in to teaching them.

Common Diseases

– Feather Picking
– Psittacosis

Training the Alexandrine Parrot

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