Port Lincoln Parakeet
Scientific Name: Barnardius zonarius/Platycercus zonarius
Average Lifespan: 15 to 18 years
Size: Up to 15 inches in length
Color: Mainly green
Physical Characteristics of Port Lincoln Parakeet
Their body coverts are mostly green and they have yellow circles or rings around their neck. They could grow up to 15 inches long from beak to tail and could weigh as heavy a 7 oz. Their head color is flat black and their cheeks are of blue coverts. Some of this species have red band on their forehead while other have very little or none at all.
They have bluish green feathers on their lower back down to the upper tail area. Their outer wings are yellow green. The throat and breast area are bluish green while the abdominal area is covered with yellow to yellow green feathers. Also, they have some bronze-green feathers on the middle are of the tail. They have grey-horn colored beaks, dark brown iris, and grey feet. The female birds are paler in color and their head is dark brown. The juvenile birds look like the female specie but have duller plumage and don’t have stripes in their underwings.
Personality and Temperament
The male parakeet would chatter nonstop when they try to attract and court a female specie. The male would also crouch in front of the female and moves side to side to attract here more. This specie is very aggressive towards other birds that is why keeping them with other species is not advisable. A pair of Port Lincoln parakeet must be house separately from other species. These birds are known to be aloof even with their caretakers but young birds that are hand reared are can be tamed and become good house pets.
This specie is also known to be very picky when it comes to their nesting box. It is recommended that you offer them different sizes and kinds of nesting box for them to be able to choose. Once they have settled to a particular nesting box, you may then remove the others you have offered so they can remain on the nesting box of their choice.
Health and Care
According to bird experts, this specie is very easy to maintain and care for. You just have to provide them with a spacious cage area where they can fly and exercise on a daily basis. Provide them with leafy branches in their cage for them to chew and for entertainment as well as for beak exercise.
You may feed them with highly formulated parrot seed mix, fruits, and vegetables. Seeding grasses and leafy vegetables are highly recommended. This specie is considered as “seed addicts”, offering them with sprouted of germinated seeds is advisable because these are one of their favorite parrot foods.
History and Background
The Port Lincoln parakeet is one of the four sub species of the Australian Ringnecks together with the other three—Mallee Ringneck, Clonclurry parrot, and Twenty Eight parrot. The female specie can lay 4 to 7 eggs in a single clutch which is then incubated for 21 days. The chicks start fledging at 38 days after being hatched. Once the chicks show signs of independence, it is recommended that you separated them with the parents to avoid aggression and being attacked. Also, the Port Lincoln parakeet can start another clutch again after the chicks are separated.
These birds reach their sexual maturity at 14 to 15 months old. Although they are known to be very aggressive even with their own caretakers, the Port Lincoln parakeet can be tamed through hand rearing at young age. They can become good house pets too once they are tamed by their handler.