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Smile I've Fallen In Love With A Princess.

I've fallen in love with a Princess...parrot that is, and would like to find out more about them from anyone who is knowledgeable about them.

I saw this one, a Blue Princess Parrot, advertised for sale on Gum Tree in our local area, but haven't actually seen the bird in the flesh.



I've read up on them, but there's nothing like communicating with those who know them well.

What is their temperament like, that is are they docile or boisterous?

Are they a noisy bird? I ask this as we rent a villa in a quiet medium sized village where excessive noise would be frowned upon.

Do they bond well if you put the time in with them, and are they talkers if trained?

I'm not sure of the gender of this particular bird, but what would be the best as a lone pet bird, male or female, or would it really matter?

Would it interact favourably outside the cage with our pet cockatiel? Talking about cockatiels, would it be noisier than a cockatiel, and ours is quite loud when it flock calls?

Any other information on them as far as keeping one as a pet, either positive or negative, would be appreciated.

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Only negative I can think of with POW is that they need larger cages than other birds may their size. They have nice long tails and are pretty active

1) They are a docile species

2) They aren't constant callers and are usually quiet. Similar to a cockatiel really (have the potential and do yell occasionally but nothing you're going to get kicked out over)

3) They can bond with you well but they're not very touchy feely

4) They can be talkers, though nothing on a budgie, grey and such

5) Male and female, both make awesome pets. A lot of people seem to prefer male birds but either way you would still have a nice companion

6) I think they'd get along great with cockatiels. A lot of people in the UK with them have them housed in aviaries with them

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Hi Daisy,

Thanks for that information, it's been most helpful.

I was aware about the need for a larger cage, and that could be the only drawback so far as space to fit the cage in is minimal.

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Hi John. The one in the picture is either a juvenile or a hen. When sexually mature the males get what is called a spur on the main flight feather. The spur is a narrow extention to the feather about 10cm long and about 2cm wide. The males also have a much longer tail to the females.

John they are an absolutely delightful bird temperament wise. Very placid and laid back and not noisy at all. During breeding cycle they will make a call that I think is very bell like. When I had alot of them in a standard aviary even the aviary raised birds would get so used to me they would come down and land on my shoulder, I had to knock them off to get out of the aviary. They are probably quieter than a male cockatiel.

As for getting along with cockatiels, I know of a few breeders that will have one pair of Princess and a pair of Cockatiels breeding in the same flight. Their temperaments are very similar.

Personally I love them, they are really delightful birds. I only have 1 male left now who is also a blue mutation and he is lovely. Was hand raised many years ago and will still come right to the front of the suspended aviary when I go to put his seed in with him. He was never hand raised to be a pet, but just to have him easier to handle. When I was breeding them I often had to nudge the hen off the nest so I could check on eggs or chicks, she would just sit there and look at me. They also make wonderful parents.
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Hi Kate,

Thanks for that, I was hoping that you'd see my post as I had a feeling that you had experience with them.

It looks like I'm too late as I've just looked and the one in the photo has been sold, and there are no others advertised locally. Never mind, it wasn't meant to be.

I have another idea, which involves another budgie, and I'll post about that later.

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What a shame you missed it John. Why don't you contact them anyway and ask where they got it from, you may be able to contact the breeder and see what he has available or put your name down for one next season.
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Hi Kate,

The seller is the breeder, and the one I saw advertised was the last one he had left. I've left my name and details with him.

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Oh no Definitely see if he has any in the future for you, they'd be a lovely addition

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Well, wonders never cease.

Not long after I posted in this thread about my new found love being sold on Gumtree I received a lovely email from the breeder in answer to the email I sent her the previous day. She answered all the questions I asked, which I thought a little strange as she'd sold the Princess,so I telephoned her.

It turns out that the Princess hadn't been sold at all, and the breeder had no idea who changed her Gumtree ad.

Anyway, to cut a long story short I made an appointment to go and visit the Princess this afternoon and check her out. Well after having her crawl all over me, hand feeding her millet, and sharing butternut cookies together she's now moved in, and is sharing my office with me.

At the moment she's predominately Grey with blue under her wings, but she will turn much bluer as she matures, so I'm informed. I'm not really too concerned about her colouring, her bonding with me is the most important thing.

She's settled in so well, and has been eating and drinking this afternoon, and has just nodded off before I could cover her over for the night...dear little pet.

No doubt she'll miss all her siblings and birdie friends, but I'm hoping that my love for her will help to compensate for her loss.

Tomorrow is going to be a big day as I'm off to buy her a cage, toy's and a play stand. Once she's more settled I'll introduced her to the camera and post some photos of here in/on her new cage. Right now I have her in a temporary cage for the night.

The photo at the start of this thread is her.

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One thing I forgot to mention is that I've named her Bindi. Being an Australian bird I've been searching for an Australian name for her. Bindi means little girl in Aboriginal, so I thought it would be a fitting name for her.

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Congratulations on bringing Bindi home with you. She sure is a beautiful parrot. I've not heard of Princess, so will be looking forward to your posts about her. Wishing you two the very best friendship ever!
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I knew you wouldn't be able to resist her once you met her. Bindi is a great name for her. And you were going to wait until you had the new cage before you brought her home. Yeah right.
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Congratulations! Bindi is a wonderful name for her.
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Bindi Update!

Yesterday I bought Bindi a new cage and toys befitting a Princess, and she seems right at home in it with her new toys. She's settled in so well, and acts like she's been here for months, not days.

Here's a photo of her cage setup.



I also bought her a parrot stand for when she's out of her cage and we're sharing a biscuit or two. I added a swing and ladder to the parrot stand and she just loves playing on them when she's not having yum yums (our name for treats). She also loves playing with coloured buttons and beads.

Here are some photos of her on the parrot stand.







She has the sweetest nature,and really has won my heart. The lady who bred her taught her to step up on a little ladder, which makes it so easy to get her out of her cage.

I'm going to teach her to use a ladder to come and go out of her cage when I leave the door open for her through the day when I'm here in the office with her.







Cheers,

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Oh congratulations! What wonderful news She's so beautiful, and she will definitely colour up a lot more

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Looks fabulous John. Bindi looks very happy.
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Awwwww yay!! How exciting and Oh my she is gorgeous!! Big congrats john! Love the name bindi, it's so pretty just like her!

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I love the name and congratulations. I am so glad it worked out. I have heard good things about the species. Can't wait to hear more about her

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glad you got her!! she is so gorgeous such a princess!
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