- Description and features of the necklace parrot
- Habitat of the parakeet
- Character and lifestyle of a parakeet
- Parrot food
- Reproduction of a necklace parrot
- Life expectancy of a parakeet
One of the most popular representatives of ringed parrots is a necklace parrot, which is not only very beautiful, but also completely unpretentious.
In captivity, he absolutely does not need to create special conditions of detention, so these birds have long attracted humans. This bird attracts not only the beauty of its green with an incredible blue tint on the back of the head of its plumage, but also its grace and intelligence.
Description and features of the necklace parrot
For parakeets, a stepped tail is characteristic. Another significant difference is the black stripe on the neck from below and from the sides, from above the neck it acquires a rich pink color.
The photo of the necklace parrot shows that the strip resembles an expensive necklace, hence the name of the bird. This strip is exclusively in males, in chicks and females it is absent.
Parrots have a bright green color. The upper part of the wings is spotty. Birds have a red beak. He is very strong and strong. With the help of a beak, the bird helps itself to move on the ground, since its paws are small and weak.
There are other color variations of birds, for example, the blue-necked parrot is widespread. The size of the necklace is medium. The length is about 58 cm, almost half of them are tail.
In females and parrot chicks, a “necklace” around the neck is missing
Habitat of the parakeet
Mostly the habitat of a parakeet are Africa and Asia. They also live on the island of Madagascar, in Indochina, in Israel and Egypt. Recently, small necklace parrots have adapted to the climate of Germany and Belgium, and on the islands of Rodriguez and Reunion, on the contrary, they have finally died out. Today, a threat of extinction looms over the Mauritian view.
Character and lifestyle of a parakeet
They can even be weaned out to scream loudly, so effectively they lend themselves to taming. Caring for a necklace parrot is quite simple. They cause their owners a minimum of inconvenience.
They are curious and intelligent birds, so a talking necklace is not uncommon. There is a known case when a parrot could speak up to 100 words, although the vocabulary of these birds is basically only 10 – 20 words.
For taming, it is best to take chicks from the age of 7 weeks to 3 years. After that, they become freedom-loving and difficult to tame. The sooner you start training, the more capable the bird will be.
Necklace parrots are birds that live in packs. For the most part they live in forests, but sometimes they can also take a fancy to the locality cultivated by man. Sometimes a flock of parrots can cause damage to farms. In the daytime, parrots prefer to sit on trees, and in the morning and evening they fly away in search of food. Parrots nest in hollows.
In captivity, parrots are kept in a large cage or in an aviary. They love freedom and space. It is very important for their reproduction. It is recommended to buy a medium-sized cage, and as often as possible let the parrot fly around the room. They have a strong beak, so the cage is needed from all-metal rods, otherwise, with the help of its strong beak, the parrot will easily take it apart.
Necklace parrots love water. At home, they can be bathed in three ways: spray with a spray bottle, fill the bath with warm water once a week and place it in a cage, it is possible to bathe the birds in a large bath. The third option is not desirable. When swimming, you can’t wet your bird’s head, as water can get into your ears, this will have serious consequences.
Free parrots feed mainly on the fruits and seeds of plants that grow in forests and on farms. When kept in captivity, parrots are not picky in food.
Most of their diet should be a grain mixture, which includes: millet (40%), oats (20%), wheat (15%), canary grove (10%), sunflower seeds (10%) fruits and vegetables (5%) .
The bird should eat about 35 grams of grain mixture per day. Do not forget about mineral supplements. Sometimes you can give the bird a little boiled egg, corn, low-fat cottage cheese, berries, cereals (for example, oatmeal) fresh herbs, in a limited number of split nuts. They love sprouted wheat and half-ripened corn.
Reproduction of a necklace parrot
Necklace parrots have no problems with captive breeding, but they need a large aviary (1.5.2 meters). A large cage for reproduction is not suitable. Mating requires young individuals aged 1-3 years.
During the mating period, the male fluffs its large bright tail in front of the female and makes mating flights in front of it. At the same time, he makes melodic sounds. To nest at the top of the enclosure, you need to put a nest of 30x30x50 cm. A hollow wooden log is perfect, and wood dust or sawdust will become the best litter.
The female lays 2-4 eggs, which hatch for 23-28 days. The male feeds and protects the family. For some time he brings food to the female, and she feeds the chicks herself, and then the male takes part in feeding.
For 7 weeks after birth, the chicks live in the nest with their mother. Chicks begin to fly out of the nest in 1.5 – 2 months. They reach puberty in 2 to 3 years. Chicks hatch the same nondescript color.
In the photo is a blue necklace parrot
At 1.5 years old, spots appear at the top of the wings. In males, a characteristic “necklace” on the neck will appear only by the age of three. Up to this point it is very difficult to determine the sex of a parakeet.
The fact that birds hatch a clutch of 3-5 eggs does not mean that the same number of chicks will be born. Many fetuses die before birth, and some immediately after birth.
Life expectancy of a parakeet
In order for the parrot to talk, you need to consider two main points when buying: the chick should be about 7 weeks old and the chick should be one. The older the bird, the less capable it is of learning, and as much as it can be taught, these are imitations of whistling, barking, etc.
When buying a pair of parrots, each of them will not be able to concentrate on training. Subject to these two important conditions, the parrot will learn to speak about 60 words. When starting a necklace parrot, remember that he loves care and attention. The parrot answers the same to love and care, and pleases the owner throughout life.