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However, the cage should be covered at night to protect the bird from draft. Princess parrots are endearing and easy to tame birds, enjoying some out of the cage time for a few hours daily.

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Hand raised birds can learn to talk to a certain extent and entertain their owners with frequent whistles. Mental stimulating games are their favorite enrichment, and they can spend hours with foraging toys. The bird is a choosy one when it comes to preferring its owner, meaning it can show an inclination towards any particular member of a family with whom it loves to spend time.

These parrots are not bossy or domineering if housed with other species, but it might cause stress in them. A seed mix of white millet, canary and sunflower is good for them as well as some parrot mix, fresh fruits, and vegetables. As this bird is curious, always keep it under your supervision, especially when it is out of its cage. Still, provide quality time and look after your pet to keep it both mentally and physically healthy.

A princess parrot is susceptible to psittacosis, eye infection or any other bacterial infection, and respiratory diseases. Also, nasal discharge, diarrhea, fluffed up feathers and lethargy are some common symptoms you should look out for as they indicate serious health problems. Your email address will not be published. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. There is no evidence to link any threatening process to the Princess Parrot.

It has also been suggested that an increase in the availability of water in areas subjected to grazing by domestic stock may have allowed other more water-dependent parrots to expand their range into the arid zone, and that if this had occurred, the invasive species could be competing with the Princess Parrot for resources, perhaps to the detriment of the Princess Parrot population Carter ; Garnett Other potential threats are Psittacine Beak and Feather disease or Psittacine Circoviral , and the poaching of eggs or young from nests.

Psittacine Beak and Feather disease is an infectious and potentially fatal disease that is common in Australian parrots, and that may be capable of having catastrophic effects on some parrot populations. Symptoms of the disease have been recorded in the Princess Parrot DEH q , but it is not known if the disease is having any effect on mortality rates or population size. There is evidence of some recent poaching of eggs or young from Princess Parrot nests in the Great Sandy Desert Higgins The abundance of the species in captivity Garnett suggests that there should be little demand for wild stock, and incidences of poaching may therefore be rare.

However, because the population size is not well known, and could potentially be small and therefore more vulnerable to a reduction in breeding success , poaching may be a potential threat.


The lack of information on the Princess Parrot and its threats makes it difficult to determine what recovery actions are needed. For this reason, no specific recovery actions have been implemented yet. Furthermore, Baxter and Henderson recommended that long-term research on the species should be commenced, and that Eucalytpus gongylocarpa woodlands in the Great Victoria Desert should be subject to species surveys. The Princess Parrot should also benefit from the introduction of measures to limit the spread and impact of Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease in populations of Australian parrots DEH q.

There have not been any major studies on the Princess Parrot, although Higgins and Baxter and Henderson do provide comprehensive summaries of historical records. No recovery, conservation or threat abatement plans have been developed specifically for the Princess Parrot. Allen, R. Alexandra's Parrots in the Great Victoria Desert. South Australian Ornithologist. Barrett, G. Silcocks, S.

Barry, R. Poulter The New Atlas of Australian Birds. Melbourne, Victoria: Birds Australia. Baxter, C. Henderson A literature summary of the Princess Parrot Polytelis alexandrae and a suspected recent breeding event in South Australia. Blakers, M. Reilly The Atlas of Australian Birds. Melbourne, Victoria: Melbourne University Press. Blyth, J. Burbidge What do we know about the Princess Parrot Polytelis alexandrae?.

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Boles Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union Monograph 2. Collins, P. Princess Parrots east of Kalgoorlie.

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Princess Parrot

Cooper Australian Parrots , 3 rd edition. Robina, Queensland: Alexander Editions. Garnett, S. Threatened and Extinct Birds of Australia. Crowley The Action Plan for Australian Birds Higgins, P. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. Hutchins, B. Female -in general duller than male; duller green upper wing coverts, less yellow; shorter tail.

Colour Juvenile: As in adult female but in general duller. Eye brown. Given prior to taking flight or in flight calls are prolonged, harsh and chattering. While perched emits a variety of chirrupings, croaks and grunts, with some sharp, short notes.

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Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, Parrots in Aviculture, Low, Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion, sowthistle, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from: hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, all ground to a crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, pear, banana and oranges.