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Princess Parrot

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About the Princess Parrot

Also known as: Queen Alexandra Parakeet, Alexandra's Parakeet, Princess of Wales Parrot, Rose-throated Parrot, Spinifex Parrot

The Princess Parrot is a colorful species of parrot native to Australia. The species is named for the Princess Alexandra of Denmark who was later Queen of England. The bird is known by other names, including Alexandra's Parakeet and Spinifex Parrot. The plumage is mostly light green, with a pink throat and blue-tinted crown and rump.

The conservation status of the Princess Parrot is considered Near Threatened and unfortunately their wild numbers are dwindling. Princess Parrots are nomadic in the wild. They will mob against predators, an unusual behavior among parrots.

Princess Parrots are popular in aviculture due to their beautiful plumage. Their life span may be as long as 30 years.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 08 April 2010
Scientific Name Polytelis alexandrae
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Polytelis
  • P. alexandrae
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 January 2015)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
13 to 18 inches
Range Australia and New Zealand

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Princess Parrot is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Near Threatened because it has a small population. Although all mature individuals may occur as a single widespread subpopulation, it is thought to be experiencing moderate fluctuations at present, rather than an overall decline, and thus a higher level of threat category is not justified.

International Names

  • 公主鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • PapouĀšek Alexandřin (Czech)
  • Prinsesseparakit (Danish)
  • Prinses Van Wales-parkiet (Dutch)
  • Aavikkoloistokaija (Finnish)
  • Perruche d'Alexandra (French)
  • Alexandrasittich (German)
  • Parrocchetto della regina Alessandra (Italian)
  • テンニョインコ (Tennyoinko) (Japanese)
  • Prinsesseparakitt (Norwegian)
  • Ksiezniczka Wspaniala (Polish)
  • Роскошный попугай Александры (Russian)
  • Perico Princesa (Spanish)
  • Alexandraparakit (Swedish)

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