Scarlet-Chested Parakeet (Splendid Parakeet)

The Scarlet-Chested Parakeet is a colorful bird that belongs to the genus Neophema. It bears a striking resemblance to turquoisine parakeets.

As a dimorphic species, the males are characterized by a dark blue face, bright red chest, and a yellow belly while the female parakeets have a greenish chest.

Scarlet-Chested Parakeet

Scarlet-Chested Parakeet

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittaculidae
Genus Neophema
Scientific Name Neophema splendida
Scarlet Chested Parakeet

Scarlet Chested Parakeet

 

Quick Information

Other Names Scarlet-chested Parrot, splendid parrot, scarlet-breasted parrot, orange-throated parrot, grass parakeet, splendid parakeet
Distribution Central South Australia, Inland Southern Western Australia
Habitat Semi-arid areas, open woodlands of eucalypts, mulga, she-oak and spinifex, saltbush ground covers
Song Soft and pleasant two-syllable notes; In flocks they produce soft twitters
Color Brightly colored in scarlet red, green, yellow, and blue with brown eyes
Size About 19-21 cm
Wingspan 10 cm to 11 cm
Weight 40 g
Diet Seeds, grasses, flowers, insects, fruits, and berries
Lifespan 10 to 15 years
Egg hatching time 8 to 10 days
Clutch size 4 to 6 eggs
Fledging  4 weeks
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

Mutations

This brightly colored bird comes in several attractive color variations such as white, cinnamon, turquoise, par blue, violet, and gray.

Pet care

The quiet and calm nature of the parakeet makes it an ideal pet for first-time owners. With proper attention and care, it can be tamed well.

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Bird

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Bird

Cage setup

Since this little bird needs enough room to fly and run around, a relatively large cage, about 4 feet in length, 2 feet in depth, and 2 feet in width is required. It can also be housed in well-protected aviaries that are about 10 feet long, 3 feet wide and 7 feet high.

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Cage Setup

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Cage Setup

Cage accessories

Placing foot toys inside the cage keeps the bird engaged and active. As this cheerful parakeet is a ground feeder in the wild, you can put some soil and grass at the bottom of the cage to let it scratch around. Hang small, wooden branches, perches, and swings to keep them busy throughout the day.

Nest

Vertical nest boxes, measuring 20cm x 20cm x 40cm should be installed for a breeding pair.

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Nest

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Nest

Temperature

Scarlet-chested parrots feel uneasy when kept in humid and damp conditions. As extreme temperatures are unsuitable for them, their dwelling places must be slightly warm and free of moisture.

Temperament

Grass parakeets socialize well with their owners even though they have an introvert personality. They can stay comfortably with other peaceful birds of same or different species, but tend to become aggressive to their house-mates during the breeding season.

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Pictures

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Pictures

Feeding

A healthy diet comprising of seeds, pellets, millets, fresh fruits, and vegetables should be provided. You can also feed it with leafy greens like kale and spinach, and fresh sprouts.

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Eggs

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Eggs

Bathing

As splendid parakeets prefer taking a bath in standing water or on wet foliage, you can keep their bathing water in a clean bowl inside the cage. Sometimes, they also take a sunbath by puffing out the body feathers and bending their wings.

Health problems

As scarlet chested parakeets are accustomed to staying in dry places, they might suffer from respiratory problems when exposed to extreme cold and humidity. Consult a veterinary physician if your pet bird experiences sudden weight loss, lack of activity, and loss of appetite.

Price

A splendid parakeet will cost your around $250-$350.

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Photos

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Photos

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Images

Scarlet Chested Parakeet Images

Interesting facts

  • The splendid parrots can survive for days without water.
  • They produce a sharp whistle when alarmed.

References:

  1. http://beautyofbirds.com/scarletchestedparakeets.html
  2. http://www.featherfantasy.com/scarlet-chested-parrakeet-i-24.html
  3. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/profiles/scarlet-chested-parakeet-2.aspx
  4. http://www.nzbirdz.co.nz/newzealandbirdsarticles.php?article=15
  5. http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedspeciesapp/profile.aspx?id=10556
  6. http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Neophema-splendida

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