The Princess Parrot: A Beautiful and Unique Addition to Your Home

Princess Parrot

Species Overview

Also Known As: Princess Alexandra’s Parrot, Rose-throated Parrot

Scientific Name: Polytelis alexandrae

Adult Size: 16 inches

Life Expectancy: 15-30 years

Is The Princess Parrot a good pet?

  • Social and affectionate
  • Fun loving
  • Intelligent
  • Beautiful, inviting colors
  • They can be loud
  • They can be frightened easily
  • They need to be socialized often around young children

General Information

The Princess of Wales Parakeet was named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who later married the Prince of Wales Edward the VII and she eventually became the Queen of England. Not only are these gorgeous birds regal in stature, they are absolutely gorgeous in color . There are several color mutations that have been developed by breeders, but; the one pictured in this article is the real deal. This particular species is said to be non-aggressive and affectionate.

Like other flock birds, they do “call the flock” at night, but; they aren’t as loud as a Quaker and make wonderful apartment dwellers.

They grow to about 16” in length, from tail to beak, at maturity and live to about 15-30 years on average. They are extremely good whistlers and can be very good talkers too. It is suggested that these birds have a playmate whether that is a male or female bird friend because they love both human and avian companionship.

What food do they eat?

The Princess Parrot is predominantly a seed eating species so their captive diet should consist of a small parrot seed mix, which should contain a variety of seeds such as french white millet, plain canary, hulled oats, pannicum, japanese millet, saff flower and sunflower.


They can be rescued, adopted, or purchased at verified organizations or adoption websites like Petfinder. Pricing ranges from $60 to $160 from reputable breeders. Considering this price point, it could be an excellent addition to any household.


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 Princess Parrots. 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 Princess Parrot?

They grow to about 16” in length, from tail to beak. When it comes to cage size for the Princess Parrot, a large cage with no more than ½” bar spacing is recommended, because of their need to exercise and play with toys when in their house. The large cage is also needed to prevent the “Tattered Tail” problems that banging tail feathers on cage bars can bring.


The Princess Parrot tends to show very large amounts of affection to their owner and will usually show more of it to one person in the household. These parrots love company and generally are very sociable. Whenever this bird lets out a chirp, it more than often sounds like a chortle as opposed to other parrots that let out a loud squawk. If trained well, these birds can become very soft and cuddly in nature that just love to be pet.

Common Diseases

– Feather Picking

– Psittacosis

Video on owning the Princess Parrot as a pet

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