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This is Elf, my young Alexandrine Parakeet. He only recently developed the black neck ring at age 2 years, and I think the pink part will come during his next molt. As you can see he enjoys a misting!

 

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Hes gorgeous! and he looks like hes really enjoying that spray:giggle:
 

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Gosh, he's just BEAUTIFUL!!!
 

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He is a lovely boy and certainly enjoying his spray. One of my favourite birds. My 2 boys have just developed their rings, they are 3 at the end of August. They are both out in a large aviary, but still tame, as soon as I go near the aviary they are on the wire and often on the door so I have to get them to move so I can get in to feed and water them. When I am in there they want big kisses. Their names are Yeti and Yowie. They love it when it rains as the aviary has a half open roof so they can get in the rain for a good soaking. They are going into their first full show at the end of the month. Hope they do well.
 

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he is so beautiful :lovehearts:
 

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Thank you! Kate, I would absolutely love to see pics of Yeti and Yowie if you have any! They really are magnificent birds, aren't they?
 

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Thanks Kristen I will be taking pictures of them at their first show in a few weeks. So I will post pics then.

You're right Alex's are such magnificent birds. They are so regal and elegant with the most beautiful temperaments.
 

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Yes, their temperaments are fabulous. I came across my boy sort of by accident - again, was not looking for another bird, but he was in a bit of a situation and needed a home. Best decision I ever made. We just adore him so much, and he's a true member of the family.
 

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Kate,
Being an exhibitor, you probably know what subspecies yours are. I have no idea which subspecies Elf is as I find the differences to be so subtle and confusing.
 

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Most of the Alex's in Australia are Nepalese which mine are. They are the largest of the Alex's. Mine are very big boys. But even amongst the Nepalese the size will vary according to the quality of the parents and how well they are feeding their babies which is only as good as you feed the parents.

Also over here some people have crossed them over the Indian Ringneck so that they can get more colour mutations, like Lutino and Blue. Those offspring are smaller. You then cross the coloured offspring back over the Alex to increase the size. It takes about 8 generations to get the size back up again.
 

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What a beautiful bird! And that's a really cool picture.
 

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Beautiful bird and great photo! :thumbsup: I like the Alex's best out of that family, as well as the Mustaches. They are so gentle compared to IRN's lol
 

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Can you all tell me more about Alexandrines' tempraments? I am looking to learn as much as I can about a large variety of species.

TIA
 
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