Alexandrine Parrots

 

"Karmic Aviaries" Established "1984", Baree, Mt Morgan

 

THIS NOW ONLY A REFERANCE PAGE ONLY

, Baree Mt Morgan

Here some photos of our Alexandrines the Grey-green alexs and lutino , I have made a very hard decision to streamline and concentrate on Alexandarines mutations and Violet ringnecks, . So over the next six to twelve month this page with slowly become a Alex only page.

Now for the Size of Alexandrines there is five sub-species with the smallest being the Laos Alexandrine Psittacula e. siamensis at 55cm then the Burmese Alexandrine Psittacula e. avensis and the nominate race which is call just Alexandrine Psittacula e. eupatria at 58cm and then the Nepalese Alexandrine Psittacula e. nipalensis and the Andaman Alexandrine Psittacula e. magnirostris at 64cm with some reaching 70cm Length with the most in Australia being a mix of all five with most leaning toward the shape of the Nepalese Alexandrine Psittacula e. nipalensis

 

by Appointment Only

If you are looking for Large Normal & Grey-Green Mutations Alexandrines

 

NORMAL PURE LARGE SPECIES ALEXANDRINES

 

Handrasied Males $400 ea

and

 

Females $300ea DNA sexed

 

Pure Grey-Green Males $3000 ea

 

and

 

Females $3500ea DNA sexed

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 Alexandrine taken now!

 

Phone Mick on

 

07 4938 1767.

A 31/32 Pure Split Lutino Alexandrine Cock Breed by Jack Smith Melbourne

 

 

A Pure Alexandrine Hen Breed by Mick Blake Baree

 

A 15/16 Lutino Alexandrine hen nine months old

 

 

15/16 Lutino Alexandrine hen nine months old and normal cock

A 31/32 Pure Split Lutino Alexandrine Cock Breed by Jack Smith Melbourne,, this cock is 64cm in Length

which is not to bad

Now owned by Mick & Karin

 

A different cock 31/32 Pure Split Lutino Alexandrine Cock Breed by Jack Smith Melbourne,,this cock is 62.5cm in Length

which is not to bad

Now owned by Mick & Karin

 

A 31/32 Pure Split Lutino Alexandrine Cock Breed by Jack Smith Melbourne

A 15/16 Lutino Alexandrine hen nine weeks old

A Grey-green pure Alexandrine

 

 

A Grey-green pure Alexandrine

 

A Grey-green pure Alexandrine

 

 

 

   
The Alexandrine Parakeet
True prince of the Asiatic’s
(Psittacula eupatria)
©By Michael J Blake Karmic Aviaries Baree (1998)
feeding revised 4-07-2008
Printed in CQ Brird Keepers News Nov 1998
and Published on www.karmicaviaries.com 1998

The year is 330BC after a some great and bloody Battles the new King of Persia received tribute from his new and loyal subjects, amongst all tributes of the Jewels and Gold was one which caught the eye of this great warrior King, This was the rarest gem of them all it was a creature which talked as if possessed by the Gods them selves, A large Emerald green bird with a Black & rose-pink neckband which it wore like a crown, combined with is huge Coral red beak and long flown tail which look like silken threads. King Alexander stood in awe of the god like creature which said “My King My King”, in Persian to the new King of Persia, to this day if still bare His name and what a great name, “The Alexandrine Parakeet”

Now firstly as a companion bird hand reared Alexandrines make an absolutely adorable pet. They are far more affectionate than a Ringneck. They are Very adapt at learning words, as well as mimicking sounds for example, Telephones, answering machines, microwave ovens etc. We had a male which we had breed, which was part of a University study and if learn many phrases and could speak in three languages. They are quite clever, I believe as clever as an African grey, when correctly trained. Around ten years ago there was a quite a well-known Alexandrine in Sydney, Australia that saved its owner and its Owners house from fire. It raised the alarm, when it smelt smoke and opening its cage, then opening a screen door he fly down the Corridor squawking, waking the family up, at which time they realised that the House was on fire, at which time the fire brigade was called. When this happened this bird received quite a lot of media coverage in Australia.

We have had pet Alexandrines, which has been able to distinguish particular members of the family and have been able to sustain a small conversation. Now as an aviary Bird, they are quite large much larger than a parakeet type such as ringnecks and plumheads. They are no more noisier than ringnecks and they do not need a massive aviary. Ours are bred in 3 foot wide x 4 foot high x 8-foot long, suspended cages. With a nest box 10 Inches Square and 26 inches deep. I must say, one of the most beautiful sites I have beheld was a colony of Alexandrine in a huge flight aviary. This aviary was some ten meter high and twenty meters across the diameter, they looked awesome.

Alexandrines courtship display by Blake (2001)

The Alexandrine parrot or parakeet is names in honour of Alexander the Great. Many people believe that it is because of the majestic look and king like behaviour. I think they were named after him as a lover, as a cockbird certainly puts on a dance when it comes to courtship. They will go through many hours of pupil dialating, wind arching and tail fanning, dancing and serinading their lovers as if they were worriers preparing for battle. To myself they are one of the most passionate courters of the asiatic group. Alexandrines do offer his suitor/bride with food once she accepts him and lowers herself to the perch. She will lower her winds out flat to help support him. He will get up her back and will make passionate love to her as in some cases for 20 minutes. But during this hold process of tail under tail copulation both the male and female will go through pupil dilation, head rocking and preening, and as the cockbird rocks from side to side the female will rock on the alternate sides like in a hypnotic dance of passion. This hypnotic dance is only slowed for the cockbird to kiss and feed his female and Alexandrines love making is truly a dance of passion. Again this mating can go long into the egg laying process.

They thrive on a basic dry seed mix, made up of sunflower; hulled oats mixed with a budgie mix, plus peanuts, hot dried chillies and almonds. They also require greens in the form of celery, silver beet, along with suitable fruits and vegetables. Ours particularly love watermelon and strawberries, and the serect of great breeding results are soaked almonds, but all seasonal fruit and vegetables, here is a list of fruit & vegies that we feed on a regular basis Corn-on-cob cucumbers, apple, silver-beet, capsicum, chillies, orange, apricots, cherries, peaches, guavas, pears, White or Red/black grapes, mango, paw-paw, passionfruit, rockmelon, celery, cherry tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin & Sweet potatoes{steamed}, zucchini, broccoli, corn kernels, peas and sprouted seed, milk thistle, dandelion, fruit tree braches & chickweed, except for avocadoes, which we do not feed at all due to their toxicity. All Asiatic Parrots also enjoy chewing up cuttle fish, which is a great source of calcium we also use Calcivet™ . They when feeding young particularly relish fresh corn on the cob, which they consume with great gusto.


We use close ring on our birds with are wedding band stainless steel ring, which we import from the USA, L & M BIRD LEG BANDS, INC.  P.O. Box 2636, SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92406, U.S.A. TEL: (909) 882-4649, FAX: (909) 882-5231, the size for the Alexandrines is the #12 size 3/8" (9.53mm) size for them.


We have noticed that if we take the chicks for hand rearing at about 14 days, they tend to make great pets than some other birds taken at this period. We have been hand raising Alexandrine for almost twenty years and from the egg {day one} for over ten years and truly we find no difference in pet quality between these chicks and chicks pulled at 4 weeks of age just that you get less sleepless nights. The sexing of the Alexandrines is done by either Surgical sexing or D.N.A blood or feather sexing if you wish to find the sex earlier as it take between two to three years for the males to obtain their adult neck ring the hen do not get this neck ring . But both sexes make great pets.

Mutations, Now as with all mutation breeding you MUST always breed for Type first and then for colour, It’s no good having a beautiful coloured Alexandrine that is not 100% true to “TYPE” , note to Mick’s hand drawing sketch of a SHOW STANDARD OF A ALEXANDRINE, when breeding mutations this is the TYPE you should be breed towards. Now on to colours mutations.

Lutino is now well developed this mutation has been developed though the hybridizing the Normal Alexandrine with the Lutino Indian Ringneck, and people should no longer need to start breeding first crosses because if you start this breeding programme you are looking at 18 to 21 years to get to 31/32{pure} and 21 to 24 years to get to 63/64{pure}. I saved time and bought pure split cocks from Mr Jack Smith in Melbourne and enjoy the 25 years of hard work that Jack and is late Brother Syd had but into breeding PURE lutino Alexandrines,, as there are PURE 31/32 & 63/64 pure birds out they and as more are bred the price will reduce as is the case will most mutations. There is a lovely Blue mutation but this mutation is still rare world wide , The Grey-green mutation is next to the lutino my most love colour and once this mutation is established you will see these regularly sold in the pet trade as they are just stunning & Pieds & Spangles are also be bred in a number overseas countries. Other colours like Palliad {lacewing}, Cinnamon, Violet Factor, Fallow Dun & Dominant Dilute are all being worked on and are on the way over the next ten to twenty year the number of Alexandrine mutation will more then likely triple.

A great book to read is “Asiatic Parrots and Their Mutations” By T.Bastiaan & G.J.J Bastiaan, this book is a Great help for the breeders of Alexandrines & their Mutations.

In summary, the Alexandrines are a giant parakeet with a giant personality and lovable character & royal demeanour. To see the most beautiful Pure Lutino Alexandrine, truly it will take your breath away & make your heart miss a beat. Suitable, for the experienced and beginner aviculturists, as well as making fantastic pets. With a probable life span of up to 30 years plus, this giant parakeet is easily maintained in good health.

With new mutation being worked on and with Lutino , Grey-green & Blue etc are becoming established, the world of breeding Alexandrine has just stepped up a notch in to a whole new world of Coloured Alex’s, You will never regret the day that you took the plunge into the world of the Alexandrines. As Alexander the Great you to will stand in awe of this great Asiatic Parakeet one of the true prince of the Asiatic

Extra note
I have a few people e-mailing me this season after losing young Alexandrines in the nest, asking me about my feeding management of my breeding Alexandrines, now some of uses will say this chap is joking feed this quantity of feed but this is how I have been feeding my Alex’s for the 25 years and it works for me and if you have a winning formula don’t change just because you read it here, as my Dad use to say “when your on a good thing stick to it”

Karmic Aviaries Feeding management for Alexandrine Parrots during the breed season.
 
But what I do when Alex’s have young I start feed corn on the cob, 3 to 4 chicks first week 1/2 a large cob per day (feed 1/4 cob twice daily),, second week 1 cob a day ( feed 1/2 twice daily),, Third week 1 1/2 cob per day ( feed at 3/4 twice daily),, Four week 2 cobs per day ( feed at 1 cob Twice daily),, Plus I also increase their vegies From 1/2 cup per day (feed twice daily 1/4 cup)  at first week from hatch, to  2/3 cup per day (feed twice daily 1/3 cup)  at second to third week from hatch,,1 cup per day (feed twice daily 1/2 cup)  at fourth week from hatch,,1 1/2 cup per day (feed twice daily 3/4 cup)  at five week of hatch,, 12 cup per day (feed twice daily 1 cup)  at fifth week from hatch until weaning.
 
Plus when they have young I give them a large bowl of grey striped sunflower seeds this extra to they normal seed bowl which I keep fill as well.
 
And the same while weaning keep up the fresh corn cobs & sunflower seeds as Alexandrines & Derbyans Parrot can consume large amounts of oil seed with out any problems and they wean of ok as they finish growing. 


© Michael J Blake

 

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