What Are Princess Parrots Like as Pets?

Updated on July 11, 2019
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As formerly a mother of five children, Bronwen has experienced and enjoyed a number of pets.

The Princess Parrot inside the cage.
The Princess Parrot inside the cage. | Source

Why Is This Parrot a "Princess"?

The Princess Parrot is an Australian parrot with the scientific name of Polytelis alexandrae. That is because it was named in honour of Princess Alexandra of Denmark (1844–1925). Princess Alexandra married Edward, Prince of Wales, and when he became King Edward VII of Great Britain on 22nd January, 1901, she became Queen.

This lovely bird is known by a variety of names, including Alexandra's Parrot, Princess of Wales Parakeet, Princess Alexandra's Parrot, Queen Alexandra Parakeet, Rose-Throated Parakeet and Spinifex Parrot. Of course, there are both male and female Princess Parrots, but they are all called princesses!

Where They Live in the Wild

I have seen them in the wild in the inland desert areas of South Australia, but I believe they are also found in Western Australia in both desert and mountain areas. They are nomadic and fly together in groups and can often be found—and heard—near waterholes and other sources of water.

They Make Gentle (But Noisy) Pets

One of the first things noticeable about these parrots at a distance is their piercing calls. They make good, gentle pets and even seem to be affectionate, but their call when they are indoors and decide they require attention can be deafening.

A single Princess Parrot can make a delightful pet.
A single Princess Parrot can make a delightful pet. | Source

Physical Description

The Princess Parrot is a medium-sized type of parrot, and so it is often referred to as a parakeet. The older spelling for parakeet is paroquet. Other Australian parakeets include the ever popular Budgerigar.

As Princess Parrots have been bred in captivity for over a century, several variations, especially in the colouring of their plumage, have evolved or been bred into them. There are also variations in the wild, but they are not so pronounced.

  • Length: The male grows to about 46 cm (16 inches) long; the female is a little shorter.
  • Weight: These birds are surprisingly light as the biggest males only weigh about 120 g (4 and a quarter ounces)!
  • Plumage: In the wild, this bird's plumage is usually mostly green with a pink throat, bluish crown, bright green shoulders and a pretty blue rump, although there are blue and yellow mutations, too. The tail is quite long and thin. It is a little shorter in the female. She is not as brightly coloured as the male, and her crown is a pale grey.
  • Beak and Eyes: As you can see in the top and bottom photographs, the male's beak is a coral red and his eyes have orange irises; the female's beak is paler and her irises are brown.
  • Food: In the wild, they are nomadic and feed mainly on spinifex and other seeds. They will fly in a flock and appear suddenly in an area, feed there for a while, and then just as suddenly disappear.

Note the beautiful long tail.
Note the beautiful long tail. | Source

How to Care for Your Pet

Princess Parrots make wonderful pets. The following are a few notes about keeping these birds as companions:


Princess Parrots adapt well to living in an indoor cage and being allowed to fly free inside a home. They also enjoy the larger space of an outdoor aviary. Because of their long tails, they need plenty of space when they perch.


In captivity, they enjoy eating parrot mix and love vegetables (such as corn), sprouted seeds and a variety of fruit (such as apples and pears). In the breeding season, they enjoy some insect treats like mealworms, and these provide extra nutrition for both the chicks and their parents.

Beak Care

As their beaks continue grow, Princess Parrots need to be provided with small, hard twigs and branches to chew on. Do make sure that these are non-toxic.


As pets, they are delightful in their behavior and have real personalities of their own, even showing likes and dislikes for different members of the family or visitors.

They can learn to mimic the human voice quite clearly if they are taught to speak from a young age, although this may take patience.

Life Span

They reach maturity at about a year old and live surprisingly long; some have been known to live from around 15 to 30 years.


Like most other parrots, in the wild they nest in a hollow tree, preferring gumtrees (eucalypts) and wattles. Like many inland birds, in the wild, they mostly breed when it has rained and there is sufficient food available for the chicks. However, they breed well in captivity, especially if they are provided with a hollow log, but room needs to be provided for the long tail. They will come back to the same log to breed again, year after year, so it needs to be cleaned of mites and disease each year after use.

They prefer to breed in groups, as they would in the wild, and they lay from four to six small white eggs.The babies hatch out in about nineteen days.

Enjoy the lovely colours and markings.
Enjoy the lovely colours and markings. | Source

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

  • Are Princess Parrots particularly loud or vocal compared to a, lets say a cockatiel?

    Yes, they are certainly full of the joie de vivre, and let everyone know!

  • Can a Princess Parrot get along well with a five-year-old child?

    It depends on the five-year-old. He or she would need to be quiet and gentle and to approach the bird slowly, but I imagine some five-year-olds can be quite good at this. It's more a matter of the child getting along well with the bird.

  • If they are hand raised from the very start of their life, will they most likely be cuddly?

    Newly hatched chicks can be very delicate, so I'd be very cautious about handling them too young, but it would be good to begin while they are still juveniles.

  • What does the princess parrot like?

    If you mean in the way of food, I have answered this previously. Otherwise, they love to have company, they like to be talked to, and if you sing or whistle to you princess parrot, you will find he will respond, often by dancing along his perch. They also like freedom, so if he is in a large aviary, he will be happy. If his cage is not big, make sure all the doors and windows are closed so he can't escape, and then set free to fly around the room. You can train him to come back to sit on your shoulder, where he will probably nibble your hair.

  • What is the Princess Parrot's kingdom, class, order, genus, species, phylum and family?

    Family Psittacidae (there are about 326 species in the world; 41 of these are found in Australia); Polytelis alexandrae ( this parrot's full common name is Princess Alexandra's Parrot); it is uncommon in the wild; its habit is nomadic; it is an endemic race, recorded only in Australia. You can find more, with illustrations in Simpson & Day's 'Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: the most comprehensive one-volume book of identification', obtainable from www.penguin.com.au

© 2013 Bronwen Scott-Branagan


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      2 days ago

      will a pair of princess parrots breed in the same cage as 7pairs of budgies. they all have boxes. want to know if the budgies will disturb the princesses or vice versa.


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      5 days ago

      I need help can you advise me if my Charlie is sick or depressed,he is eating but he has dull eye and it looks like he is getting cold.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Hello AJ, as most creatures like to get on best with their own species I think your choice of another cockatiel would be a good one. Also, you might find that a Princess Parrot, although they are so beautiful, would not be such a wise choice as they are certainly not quiet. Enjoy your love of these friendly birds.

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      4 months ago

      Hi, we have a cockatiel that recently lost it’s mate. Are there any parrots that are a slight bigger (5cm difference), inexpensive, quite, don’t require a license, and would get along with one or two cockatiels as we are planning to get another. We would like it to be Australian as our mum has experience with these parrots, and it can’t be a cockatoo as dad will boot it out, and it must love attention, socialising, cuddles and know how to entertain itself, also if it was protective, that would be good to as the neighbor has a cat. It musn’t bond to just one person either.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Gray: I'm so sorry, I must have missed your question before. As they live together in big groups in the wild, they very much prefer to have company. They should get on well with budgies and other small parrots like cockatiels. It's important to note that they do like space, and unless you can train yours to fly free in the house and go back into the cage, he really needs a good sized aviary.

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      9 months ago

      Hi, how do i introduce the bird to its new hom?

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      13 months ago

      Hi, can these parrots live together with budgies and other small parrots

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Carla: Thank you for your query. My Granddaughter feeds him on small parrot seed mix (from Coles, if you're an Aussie). The vet warned her that sunflower seeds should be limited, as it's rather like chocolate for these birds. You may be able to find further advice on the internet or from a vet who specialises in birds.

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      14 months ago

      What do you feed them?

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Ethan.John: I think it depends on how much they have been handled as babies. If they had lots of friendly stroking, then they permit it when they are older. The handling needs to be every day and more than once a day, too, so they learn to trust their owners. Thank you for your comment.

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      Ethan. John 

      2 years ago

      I saw a lot of complaints about princess parrots not wanting to be stroked or touched by there owners and getting nippy when there owners touch them

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Shelley, I'm so sorry for taking such a time to respond. I've been away - nearly 4,000 km away, staying in Darwin. We saw some beautiful birds there in the wild. I'm afraid I don't know where you can find princess parrots, but I'm glad you enjoyed my article.

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      2 years ago

      Where can I get these beautiful parrots?

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Norlawrence: Thank you!

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      Norma Lawrence 

      3 years ago from California

      Will let you know for sure.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      norlawrence: I'd love to know about it if you find one.

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      Norma Lawrence 

      3 years ago from California

      A site that paid me as well as Bubblews.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      norlawrence: Thank you for coming back again, the Princess Parrot is so pretty - even when he's really a prince! Perhaps you could rewrite your article and add it to HubPages, too. Did you mean you have not found another of these parrots, or that you haven't found a site that pays as well as Bubblews?

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      Norma Lawrence 

      3 years ago from California

      Great article about the Princess Parrot. I really enjoyed it. I wrote one a long time ago about this parrot and submitted to Bubblews when they were still here. It was not a very good site but I did make money on it. Have not found another one yet.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      SakinaNasir53: Yes, they're lovely. I'm always delighted to see this one when I visit, the colours are pretty, but also fairly gentle. God bless you, too.

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      Sakina Nasir 

      3 years ago from Kuwait

      Wow! I m seeing this beautiful bird for the first time...I didn't even know they exist...thank you for sharing this information ...great job may God bless you ☺

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      norlawrence: Thank you. They are such pretty birds.

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      Norma Lawrence 

      3 years ago from California

      Great article and the pictures were beautiful. Really enjoyed it. Thanks

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Peggy W: It is lovely, although it has a really loud call, which I'm sure the neighbours must hear. Yes, parakeets are different, but they're fun, too. Most parrots seem to have such interesting 'personalities.'

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a gorgeous bird. My brothers used to have parakeets at one point when we were growing up but they were obviously not the Princess Parrot. Always fun learning about birds and other wildlife. Pinning to my birds board.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      It is beautiful and I love the pastel shades - and He sure is awesome, too!

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      Joanna Chandler 

      5 years ago from On Planet Earth

      The princess parrot is extremely beautiful i just love the colour and long tail. Ain't God awesome he created such lovely things :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      That's wonderful! They really do have a great personality. Thank you for your comments.

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      Tony Hena Hancock 

      5 years ago

      I own one of these birds called Alandria. Its my best friend . It a great bird and sits on my shoulder a lot even outside gives me great kisses and has a great personality. I recommend a princess parrot to anyone who wants a friendly bird a bit bigger than a budgie.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      ignugent17: Thank you, they really are beautiful - maybe princesses in disguise!

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      6 years ago

      Lovely parrot and fits to be called a princess. Thanks for the information.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      thost: They are fascinating with their diverse colours and sizes and can be so funny with their little ways, too. Thank you for your comments.

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      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Parrots are fascination birds, especially when the can mimic cute phrases. When I visit the pet shop, I always spend time with the parrots. This is very good information regarding the Princess Parrot, thank you for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: Yes, it is beautiful and it does give its owner - and the whole family - much joy. Did your cockatoo live for a long time? I believe they can survive for many years.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      What a beautiful bird! We used to have a cockatoo and it was such a nice pet. I can see how much this bird brings joy to his owners.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      suzettenaples: Yes, I love their gentle pastel colours, too, and I never stop being amazed at just how light these beautiful princesses are. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it and thank you for your comments.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful, beautiful bird! This is the first time I have heard of the 'princess parrot.' It is interesting that both the male and females are called 'princesses.' I guess there are princesses in every animal group. lol Thanks so much for introducing us to this bird - it's pastel colors are beautiful

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Scarlett Rain: Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed reading. They are such delightful little creatures.

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      Scarlett Rain 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield

      Very insightful and interesting. I really enjoyed reading this (:

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      pstraubie48: Yes, they are lovely and it's a pleasure to share, especially with angels on the way, may they go your way, too. Thank you for your comments.

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida

      What a lovely parrot. Over the years I have had parakeets and parrots and loved them all. At present I have only felines.

      Thank you for sharing this lovely creature with us.

      Angels are on the way pinned and shared ps

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Faith Reaper: Yes, it does look like a princess with those pretty, but delicate colours. It's surprising how well they can be camouflaged in the wild. Thank you for your lovely comments and God bless you, too.

      phoenix2327: Yes, it always seems to be longer than expected and adds to the exotic appearance of our princess.

      Frank Atanacio: Bless you for your lovely comments. I'm always amazed at how light weight she is.

      cleaner3: Ha ha! I know exactly what you mean. Many of these beautiful birds have far too much to say!

      MsDora: I'm so glad that you enjoyed reading about this lovely bird.

      kidscrafts: Yes, they are not as common as some as their colouring is not as blatant, but I think they're delightful.

      always exploring: I don't have one myself, but they make lovely pets, it doesn't cost much to feed and care for them and they live so much longer than a puppy or kitten.

      AliciaC: It is, although the sound part can get a little wearing if they're kept inside all the time as they have an astonishingly loud call for their size.

      Eiddwen: Thank you. Hope you have a lovely day, too. Bronwen.

      SandCastles: Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

      Michael-Milec: What a lovely comment! Thank you and God bless you.

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      6 years ago

      Hi BlossomSB.

      Your gift of pictures writing is always a delight to read. Thank you for introducing this beautiful gift of the Creator .

      Voted beautiful and interesting .

      Stay blessed.

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      6 years ago

      Very adorable!

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      6 years ago from Wales

      This gem was indeed a treat Blossom.

      Enjoy your day.


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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for this introduction to the Princess Parrot, Blossom. It sounds and looks like a lovely bird.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I would love to have a parrot as a pet. The princess is beautiful. Thank you for sharing..

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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Beautiful bird, Blossom! I never heard of them before! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Another good subject and well presented. Details about the princess parrot we would never guess. Thank you.

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      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great hub ..blossom.. love the bird.. had a cockatiel once ..but it would not shut up .. gave it away ..!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      you give the little bird so much credit.. and well deserved.. another wonderful and entertaining share Blossoms.. bless you

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's a lovely little bird. That long tail is really eye catching.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      What a beautiful bird, the Princess Parrot. She does look like a princess among the Parrots with the beautiful colors. It is amazing how intelligent they are and all they can do. Thanks for sharing all of the delightful photos here.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper


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