Re: parrot identification

To: "Philip A. Veerman" <>,
Subject: Re: parrot identification
From: Ronald Orenstein <>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 10:10:18 -0400
At 11:32 PM 13/08/01 +1000, Philip A. Veerman wrote:
You wrote: Sounds like an Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri), an Asian species widely kept in aviculture.
Not in Australia.
It is a Rose-ringed Parrakeet (Psittacula krameri), a common pet, also called Indian Ringneck Parrot.

I disagree.  The description specifically referred to the large size (bigger than a King Parrot), thick and heavy bill and maroon shoulder patch, all features of the Alexandrine (which should be P. eupatria) and not the Ring-neck.  There is no reason why an escaped Alexandrine could not show up in Australia - the bird is common in aviculture.

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