Red Rump Parakeets

The red rump parakeet is a common parrot species found in southeastern Australia. The male red rump parrots have a characteristic emerald green plumage and a brick-red rump on the upper back. The females have a less vivid plumage with dull green wings, lacking the red rump found in males.

Red Rump Parakeet Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Superfamily Psittacoidea
Family Psittaculidae
Subfamily Platycercinae
Tribe Platycercini
Genus Psephotus
Scientific Name Psephotus haematonotus
Red Rump Parakeet

Red Rump Parakeet

Red Rump Parakeets

Red Rump Parakeets

Red Rump Parakeet Quick Information
Other Names Red-backed parrot, grass parrot
Size 10-11.2 inches (25-28 cm) in length
Weight 60-85 g (2.1-3 oz)
Color Green body, dark eyes and beak, flesh colored legs; blue tints on the upper back and wings in males; blue-back wingtips in females
Distribution Murray-Darling Basin and other parts of southeastern Australia
Habitat Open grasslands, suburban gardens, parks, farmlands
Sound Pleasant song-like call
Clutch 4-7 Eggs
Incubation period 17-20 days
Lifespan 15-25 years in captivity
Diet Fruits, flowers, grass seeds
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Red Rump Parakeets Pictures

Red Rump Parakeets Pictures

Red Rump Parakeets Images

Red Rump Parakeets Images

Subspecies

  • P.h. haematonotus
  • P.h. caeruleus

Mutations

  • Albino
  • Silver
  • Blue
  • Opaline
  • Cinnamon
  • Pied
  • Yellow
Red Rump Parakeet Bird

Red Rump Parakeet Bird

As pets

The red rump parrots are easy to pet, making them appropriate for beginners.

Cage Requirement

A large breeding cage with a minimum space of 32 X 20 X 20 inches should be used for housing them. Keeping them in large, ventilated cages or aviaries not only help them to remain active but also prevent them from exhibiting aggressive behavior towards other birds. Round cages should be avoided owing to their limited space. Cage accessories like ladders, swings, and perches will keep them busy throughout the day.

Red Rump Parakeet Nest Box

Red Rump Parakeet Nest Box

Nest

The red rumps accept vertical nest boxes that have a space of 10 X 6 X 6 inches and a concave bottom. Add some aspen shavings to the floor of their nesting box to absorb their droppings as well as to prevent their eggs from rolling over.

Temperature

When acclimatized to cold weather, the parakeets can even tolerate temperatures of 4°C-10°C. However, keeping a bird warmer inside the cages is recommended during the winter months.

Red Rump Parakeets Photos

Red Rump Parakeets Photos

Temperament and Behavior

Although they like to live in pairs, they are usually not compatible with other bird species. As they become bored easily, provide them with bird toys to keep them refreshed and stimulated mentally. Spending time by interacting and hand feeding your pet bird, is also a good option for strengthening the relationship between you and your companion. If left alone too long, they might become less social and even hostile.

Feeding

Red rumps should be given a combination of millets, mixed canary seeds, and a modest quantity of sunflower seeds. To provide them with the necessary amount of vitamins, minerals, and proteins, include grit, cuttlebone, eggfood, spinach, lettuce, chickweed, green beans, apples, carrots, and broccoli.

Baby Red Rump Parakeet

Baby Red Rump Parakeet

Red Rump Parakeet Chicks

Red Rump Parakeet Chicks

Care

The red-backed parrots require fairly low maintenance to keep themselves in good condition. However, proper care should be taken to bathe them regularly with fresh bathing water, as also to trim their nails when needed. Be sure to provide them a hygienic environment to live in by cleaning their aviaries and cages with proper disinfectants.

Health Problems

Being a hardy species, these birds exhibit remarkable resistance to diseases when kept under favorable conditions. However, they can suffer from a few problems including feather plucking, eye infections, egg pecking, parrot fever, frostbite, cold, respiratory problems, and Pacheco’s Disease.g

Male and Female Red Rump Parakeets

Male and Female Red Rump Parakeets

Interesting Facts

  • They use a characteristic “chee chillip chee chillip” call to communicate with one another when feeding in the wild.
  • The green plumage helps the red-rumped parakeet to hide in grasses, providing an effective camouflage.

References

  1. http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Psephotus-haematonotus
  2. http://beautyofbirds.com/redrumpedparrots.html
  3. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/profiles/red-rumped-parakeet-2.aspx
  4. http://www.parrotsecrets.com/Parakeet/about-parakeet.php
  5. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/parakeets/ParakeetProfile.htm

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