Red-rumped Parakeet (Psephotus Haematonotus)

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Physical description
Native to South-East Australia, this mostly green parakeet owes its name to its uppertail (rump) feathers which are bright red. Its beak is black, the iris of its eyes is yellow-orange, its sides and belly are yellow. Its bunches are black edged with a white line and its tail is green tinged in places with blue. She lives towards gardens and cultivated land close to man. The Red-rumped Parakeet moves in pairs during the breeding season but joins flocks of up to 100 individuals in winter.

Cut
About 27 cm in adulthood

Lifetime
14 years old

Sexing
The female is duller, in the young, the males have a brighter green head and already have some red on the back and rump.

Reproduction
The reproduction of this bird is very easy. Do not exceed three broods per year. A “log” type nest box 20cm in diameter and 40cm in height and an entrance 8cm in diameter will suit this large parakeet. Usually, the female lays 5 eggs, maximum 7. The incubation period of these eggs is about 20 days and the chicks emerge after 4 weeks after hatching. They are usually weaned after two and a half weeks. Remove them after this period to avoid any disaster if the male has decided to re-nest and to leave his young independent. Young people are rather dull. They acquire their adult plumage from around 11 months old.

Origin
Australia

Behviour
It is a fairly calm parakeet as a rule. Its song is also pleasant; moreover, she is rightly nicknamed the song parakeet. Having to be housed in an aviary 3m long by 2m wide and high, this parakeet is not sociable. Another flaw should be noted: it tends to stay on the ground and is therefore more vulnerable to intestinal worms. It is therefore necessary to deworm it regularly. Acquired young, she can turn out to be an excellent companion for men because she is not fearful. Red-rumped parakeets are also used as adoptive parents, for example they feed omnicolors perfectly until they are weaned. Not sociable with other species.

Washington Treaty
Appendix II.

Food
Its diet consists of millet seeds, sunflower seeds, cracked corn, oats and wheat (medium-sized parakeet-type diet). As for all species, you can supplement your diet with apples, carrots, sprouted seeds and chickweed. Give food supplements (vitamins and minerals). His meals should be varied. Frequently give her fresh branches that she will gladly peel. Provide her with plenty of water so that she can bathe in it during the hot season.

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