Platycerus eximius (Shaw)
head, upper breast and under tail-coverts red; cheeks white; lower
breast yellow becoming yellowish-green on belly, dark edges on lower
breast and abdomen feathers. Nape, back and shoulders black with yellowish
green edging; inner median of wing-coverts black; blue on outer median
and secondary-coverts; lower back and upper tail pale green with fine
dark edges; outer tail feathers dark green with blue edging; bill
light grey horn; eyes iris dark brown; feet grey.
12 inches (30 cms)
The Wild Native to Australia, central and southern New South
Wales across Victoria to southeast section of South Australia; it
has now been introduced to the North Island of New Zealand.
Breeding : These birds breed in
captivity, but avoid housing other Platycerus species in an adjoining
flight. Clutch size is normally 5-7 eggs, incubation taking 20-21
days; fledging around 35 days.
Diet: Mixed seed diet including various millets and some
weed seeds (chickweed and dandelion), oats etc. Various fruit and
vegetables especially apple, carrot, elderberry add a few sprouted
sunflower seeds for rearing.
Pets: They have to be handled a lot otherwise they quickly become
flighty and even aggressive. Young birds which have been taken straight
from fledging make the best pets, they must have lots of handling
to become really tame. They are worth the effort as they make nice
pets which are not noisy.