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(Polytelis alexandrae)

One of the most beautiful small parrots in Australia is the Princess Parrot. The Princess Parrot’s colours are clear but subtle and whose body is long and slender, providing an overall delicate effect found in no other parrot species. Ornithologist, Gould , who was impressed with its beauty, determined that it was a specie as of the genus Polytelis and decided that it should bear the name alexandrae after the then Princess Alexandra. Common names used are rather lengthy titles – The Princess of Wales Parakeet, Princess Alexandra Parrot and Rose-throated Parrot.

The Princess Parrot has a very friendly and inquisitive nature. Despite an uncertain status in the wild, its captive status is common and increasing at a fast rate.

Habitat

Princess Parrots have been encountered in lightly-wooded scrublands, often dominated by casuarinas or acacias with scattered eucalypts, and featuring spinifex Triodia sp. Groundcover on sandy soils, as well as in eucalypts, usually river red gums Eucalyptus camaldulensis or coolabahs Eucalyptus microtheca, bordering watercourses will also make up their habitat. Princess parrots are found interior of central and Western Australia, but limits of the range have not been determined.

Diet

Princess Parrots feed on seeds of spinifex Triodia sp. and native grasses and also blossoms, berries and fruits are favoured foods.

Breeding

Nesting has been recorded during September and January, but its probable that birds breed at anytime of the year following rains. Several pairs may come together to form a breeding colony, and up to 10 nests have been found in one tree. A favourite nest site is in River Red Gums Eucalyptus camaldulensis beside watercourses and also Marble Gums Eucalyptus gongylocarpa.

Polytelis alexandrae

Display Status

On DisplayOur Amazing Princess-parrot(s) are currently on display

Threat Level

Near Threatened

Near Threatened