The Princess Parrot: A Beautiful and Unique Addition to Your Home
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
- Beautiful, inviting colors
- They can be loud
- They can be frightened easily
- They need to be socialized often around young children
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?
– Feather Picking