Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria

Alexandrine Parakeet male
Alexandrine Parakeet male
The Alexandrine Parakeet/Parrot, named after Alexander the Great who took many of them from India to Europe, is similar to a large Ring-necked Parakeet. It is about a third larger (58-60 cm length depending on subspecies) than the Ringneck (some 40-42 cm), has an over-sized, all-red bill with light orange tip and it also has a dark pink/red "shoulder" patch. The male has a wider neck ring.
Alexandrine Parakeet female
female Alexandrine Parakeet -- Just a tiny grape?
The female and juvenile Alexandrine Parakeets do not have the black/pink ringed neck and are duller in colour. Even as a fledgling, the Alexandrine has the red "shoulder" patch on its wing.
Alexandrine Parakeet
female Alexandrine
The long tail, as long as the head and body -- longer on adult males than on females.
Alexandrine Parakeet photography
Alexandrine Parakeet photographer
Hobbies include photography . . .
Alexandrine Parakeet with camera
Alexandrine Parakeet . . . and stealing fruit.
feral Alexandrine Parakeet
feral Alexandrine Parakeet
This Alexandrine Parakeet is feral with a group of parakeets in Stanmore, NW London. Superficially similar to the related Ring-necked Parakeets which have colonised NW London, the Alexandrines are larger, noisier, have the pink patch on their "shoulders", no pink eye ring, and an all-red beak (top and lower) visibly larger than that of the Ring-necks.
feral Alexandrine Parakeet
feral Alexandrine Parakeet
What looks like a yellow eye-ring is a yellow-white iris with grey eye-ring. Some of the feral group may be Ringnecks.