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The Alexandrine Parakeet
or Alexandrian Parrot (Psittacula
eupatria) is a member of the psittaciformes order and
of the psittacines family.
The species is named after Alexander the
Great, who is credited with the exporting of numerous
specimens of this bird from Punjab into various European &
Mediterranean countries and regions, where they were
considered prized possessions for the nobles and royalty.
The Alexandrine Parakeet is a large Parakeet
species measuring 58 cm (23 in) in total length with a
wingspan averaging 18.9–21.5 cm (7.5–8.5 in).
All Alexandrine Parakeets (irrespective of
age, gender and/or sub-species) boldly display a maroon
(reddish-brown) patch at the top of their wing coverts
(commonly called 'shoulder' patch). The shoulder patch is
seen in parakeets at their first feathering before fledging
from their nests. The lower and upper mandible are red with
yellow tips. The adult's irises are yellowish-white and the
periopthalmic rings are light grey. The legs are grey except
in the P. e. siamensis (Laos' or Siamese
sub-species) where they are yellowish-grey. This
information was taken from
At Cub Creek Science Camp we have an
Alexandrine Ringneck Parakeet in The Jungle area of the
Ranch. Her name is Miroqui and she loves fresh fruit
and she always steals the peanuts from the Chinchillas.
Our Science Camp campers can feed her and pet her on the
head if they adopt her for the week. Miroqui will step
up on your hand if she likes you.