Nymphicus hollandicus (Kerr 1792)
Main colour grey, with paler breast and abdomen, some birds may
have a tinge of brown. Crest, forehead, cheeks, throat yellow, large
orange circle to ear-coverts, some white on shoulders and sometimes
wings, tail lighter with darker edge. Bill grey, iris dark brown
and grey feet. Females duller orange ear-coverts and paler generally.
12.5inches (32 cm).
This parakeet is on the quiet side with a singsong voice; not
usually noisy but may shriek if disturbed unexpectedly. They soon
become friendly and they can be included in a mixed flight, possibly
with budgerigars. They are hardy but need a shelter in their flight.
They are very quick breeders, breeding can be any time in the year
if they have indoor accommodation. They have a breeding display
and song. The clutch size is generally 4-5 eggs the incubation takes
about 19 days and the young fledge in just over a month. Many mutation
colours have been achieved through breeding programmes.
A good seed mix containing canary seed - they love millet, wild
seeds and oats; they need green-food; various fruit and vegetables
should be offered although this is not their favourite food they
do benefit from the vitamins they contain.
a Pet: This parakeet has a varied character, they can be quiet
and reserved or become an extrovert if kept as the only pet. They
have several whistles, the males can make good talkers. They need
to be taken out of the cage daily for fuss and exercise to keep
them tame and happy. As with all pet parrots it's important to buy
one as young as possible preferably a week or two after weaning,
the best pets are handfed. Parent reared birds need to be trained
if they are to make good pets. Make sure that the breeder/pet shop