Clonclurry Parakeet

Clonclurry Parakeet

 Scientific Name: Bernardius zonarius macgillivrayi

Origin: Northwestern Queensland

Average Lifespan: Up to 15 years or more

Size: Up to 13 inches

Color: Mainly green with yellow ring on the neck

Sounds: Whistler

Interaction: Somewhat social

clonclurry parakeet

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Physical Characteristics of Clonclurry Parakeet

The Clonclurry Parakeet or the Clonclurry parrot is the smallest among the species of the Australian Ringnecks. They could grow up to 13 inches in length from head down to the tail and could weigh as much as 5 ounces heavy.  Their main body plumage color is green with light blue cheeks up to the ear coverts.  The color of their ring neck is pale yellow. They have light yellow feathers on the abdominal area and with yellow and red marks on their head going down to the back. They have long tails.

The female Clonclurry is lighter in color compared to the male specie.

Personality and Temperament

The Australian ringnecks are well known to be very aggressive not only towards other birds but also to humans. The Clonclurry parakeet is the least aggressive among the Australian Ringnecks.  Even though they are aggressive by nature, this Australian specie can be tamed just like the other aggressive kinds through hand rearing at young age. When tamed, this species is very loyal to their caretaker and an endearing companion pet bird.

They are playful in their cage and very active. They love to climb up and down and hang their body upside down just like bats when they play. They are said to do very well and breed in captivity. They can be very shy at first but once they get use to their surroundings and the human around them, they can become very friendly.

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They make their vocalization early in the morning and repeat it in the late afternoon before the sun goes down.

Health and Care

Clonclurry parakeets must be placed in large cage as they are very active and needs to roam around. When possible, allow them to have an out-of-the-cage time for extra recreation which is essential to their well-being. If they are house pets, you can assign a place in your home where they can stay or perch for some time before caging them back. This is also a good activity to build a bond with your pet bird.

They are chewers thus they need fresh wood to chew on every day. You can also offer them wooden blocks and bird-safe chewable toys. You may feed them with variety of fruits and vegetables. According to expert bird owners of Amazon Ringnecks, this specie like apples and they wouldn’t eat broccoli that much. It is a good idea to offer them sprouted seeds as these are highly nutritious and low in fat.

History and Background

The Clonclurry parakeet is one of the four sub-species of the Australian Ringnecks.

The other three species include the Mallee Ringneck parrot, Port Lincoln parrot, and the Twenty Eight Ringneck parakeet. They are found in the Northwestern Queensland Northern Australia particularly in the town of Clonclurry where their species were named after.

Experts don’t recommend this specie for beginner pet bird owners. They have to learn the behavior of this specie first as well as how to maintain and care for them prior to acquiring one as pet. In the wild, they are usually found in pair or in very small group. They forage in the ground together with the different species. After they feed on the ground, they go directly to the waterhole to drink and then go back to their nesting place before dark.

Female birds can lay up to 6 eggs in a clutch and incubates for 21 days. The male Clonclurry parakeet participates in incubating the eggs. He also helps in rearing them when they hatch. The chicks will start fledging at 7 to 8 weeks but once they are fully independent, it would be best to separate them from their parents to avoid aggressions. The juveniles reach their sexual maturity after 2 years.

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