Great Alexander Parakeet (Psittacula Eupatria)

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Physical description
45 to 50 cm long. Green plumage. Very visible black collar, pinkish back of the neck. Internal rectrices bluish green, white-yellow at the tip. Gray eyes circled in red, dark red beak, greyish brown legs. Very similar female, but without a black collar.
It owes its name to the great Greek conqueror “Alexander the Great”. The Grand Alexandre parakeet has been breeding in the Brussels region for several years. In the years 1999 to 2000, around twenty pairs were observed nesting. Other countries like Germany have observed the same phenomenon.

Cut
About 60 cm in adulthood

Lifetime
40 years

Sexing
The female does not wear a collar like the male (black in the lower part and pink in the upper part of the neck)

Reproduction
Sexual maturity at 3 years, nest of 90 cm by 40 x 40 hole of flight 12 cm (Provide a very robust nest the ideal being a hollowed trunk) consider adding a piece of wire mesh to serve as a ladder. Reproduction period takes place from January to March, the female normally makes 2 layings or even 3 with, for each of them, between 3 to 4 eggs or even 6.
Incubation lasts about 28 days after the last egg laid and the young leave the nest between 6-7 weeks.

Origin
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Iran (Islamic Rep. Of), Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Viet Nam, Yemen.

Behaviour
Robust bird with good resistance to cold but it is necessary to provide a covered shelter and cut off from the winds in order to avoid frostbite. This bird is quite loud and destructive. Easily permeated by humans and can learn to speak.

Washington Treaty
Appendix II.

Food
Mixture of Grande Perruche seeds, fresh fruits (Apples, Pear, Grapes, Citrus fruits…). fresh vegetables (carrots, zucchini, salad, but on the cob…), fresh seeds (ripe Pyrracentha), green branches, grits, cuttlebone.

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