ALEXANDRINE PARROT

The Alexandrine parrot is a firm favorite at Ironbark Aviaries. We keep multiple pairs and can supply unrelated pairs if needed for future breeding purposes. From time to time we have hand raised pet birds available but we generally let our breeders raise their own young in this species. All Alexandrines kept by us are PURE, we do not support the hybridizing of this breed with Indian Ringnecks to produce colour mutations*. We have seen far to many impure birds of late and this is of real concern to us. Young birds are generally available in late October onwards, however birds with age are also for sale from time to time including unrelated pairs. We have had Alexandrines raise their own chicks from two years of age and average three to four young per nest. Alexandrines will find any weakness in your aviary construction making steel frames and weld mesh (at least two mm wire) a must for their enclosures. Young cock birds enjoy putting those enormous beaks to good use once they hit twelve months of age and will relish a constant supply of native branches to browse on.

*A note on hybrids.
Those of you who have already had dealings with us will know how passionate we are about keeping the Alexandrine parrot in it's true form. It appears of late the so called 'mutation' Alexandrines have had increased attention with the major magazines and clubs promoting them with multi page articles. We have witnessed major bird sales where vendors are trying to sell coloured birds at insane prices (20k+) . We are at a point in time where certain species are becoming harder and harder to get due to colour inventors chasing the almighty dollar and some people actually refer the them as old type and new type Alexandrines. If one wants to see true Alexandrine mutations a quick search on google images of some European breeders will satisfy that they do exist. These Alex's are pure, no doubt about it. Unfortunately the birds we are seeing in Australia, once contaminated with the Ringneck genes, will never breed 100% back to Alexandrine.

This is somthing to think about, I urge bird keepers to take up the challenge of keeping and breeding these majestic birds for their natural size and beauty and being sure to release future breeders to other fanciers who have the ethics and morals to continue the hard work of saving birds for future generations of bird keepers.........
Neal Sellers