Malabar Parrots

Psittacula columboides

© Mick Blake, Baree Mt Morgan

 

Here some photos of our Malabars,

Now for the Size of Malabars average is 38 cm (15 ins)
Wild Distribution: southwest India, north of Bombay south to Kerala.

Natural diet: seeds, fruits (figs), small nuts, berries, leaf buds, flowers, pollen and nectar; regularly visits Erythrina and Grevillea for pollen and nectar.


Breeding behaviour: breeding season from January to March; prefers to nest in tall ironwood trees (Mesua ferrea); uses old woodpecker and barbet nestholes, which are sometimes enlarged; nest lined with wood dust and small pieces of wood; clutch 3 to 4 eggs; egg measures 28.3 x 24.5 mm (1.11 x 0.95 ins).


Aviculture: medium-noisy parakeet only occasionally noisy; initially shy; becomes confiding slowly; newly imported bird very susceptible; must be acclimatised carefully; only active in spacious aviary; communal aviary with other Psittacula species only possible outside breeding season; bathes little; but enjoys light rain in outside flight; likes nibbling fresh branches; occasionally aggressive to partner; sensitive to cold, wet conditions.


Accommodation: outside flight 3 x 1 x 2 m (9 x 3 x 6 ft) with adjoining inside aviary; can be planted; minimum temperature 10°C (50°F), not less than 24°C (75°F) during acclimatisation; provide roosting box (22 x 22 x 60 cm (9 x 9 x 24 ins).


Diet: seed mix of safflower, wild bird food, buckwheat, some sunflower, various millets, canary grass seed, oats and hemp; millet spray, also sprouted; plenty of fruit (mango, apple, pear, figs, grapefruit); greenfood and vegetables (carrot, capsicum, cucumber); eggfood and biscuit for rearing.


Breeding in aviculture: seldom achieved; clutch 3 to 4 eggs; incubation 23 days; fledging period 6 weeks; young independent after 21 days; male occasionally aggressive towards female; sometimes sensitive to nestbox inspection.

 

by Appointment Only

 

We are not a pet shop or pet dealership, We are private parrot breeders, so supply of animals can be very seasonal. If we have a good season then we have lots to sell and vice-versa if we have a bad season then number are limited and our order book run on a first in first served basis, we sale out you miss out. I reserve the right of sale,

Orders for Malabar taken now!

Phone Mick on 0448 970767.

 

 

  

 


 

 

 

Young Cockbird at about 15mth of age

 

 

Young Henbird at about 15mth of age

 

Suspended Aviaries Housing Malabars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   

We are NOT OPEN to the General Public

This means we are a closed flock Facility and for Quarantine purpose only visitor allowed by Appointment.