Animal Stories - Plum-headed Parakeet


Animal-World Information about: Plum-headed Parakeet

   Bobby is a male Plum-headed parakeet. The Plum-headed female has a gray head and the male's head is grayish purple or plum colored... thus the name Plum-headed!
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Ruchika - 2014-03-23
I found him on the roadside and he is with us from a month and he only has guava and barley. What must we feed him and he is not friendly and we are worried he is afraid. Tell us what to give him and what we have to do to make him play with us.

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  • hira - 2014-04-02
    Hi my plum eats bread dipped in tea or even garevi. He eats corn, strawberries, mangoes, apples...almost all types of fruits. You can try giving them these. :)
  • pankaj - 2014-05-18
    Ruchika provide them kacha mango, green indian chillis, some sprouts, and like oats chane ki daal
  • Alex - 2014-05-28
    Hi there, do you still have the male and is he tame? Looking for an untamed male for my female in the aviary.... she has been very lonely since her partner passed away :(
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pravin singh - 2013-11-01
i have a small paraket but it is not in talking position i m very sad about so what to do about it to make it talk

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  • Hassaan Shakir - 2014-03-19
    You should cut it's feathers, and say some words to him daily like Hello, what's your name. He'll talk in about 3 or 5 months, If you repeat these this daily.
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Mary - 2014-03-17
I have an eight year old female Plum-headed Parakeet that is changing colors to match my male Plum-headed Parakeet. I know she is female because I had her DNA tested as a baby. The male changed colors at two to three years of age. My female has been getting the male colors for the past year! Why would this happen?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    Color changes in parrots can be related to illness or a poor diet. Slight shifts in shade or intensity are normal, but a major change to a different color, or small changes along with unusual behavior, can indicate a problem. Your best bet is to take the female to a veterinarian for a checkup.
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Jeannie Martin - 2013-09-11
I have a female who's layed her eggs. In the last week she isn't sitting on them very much is this normal at first?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-12
    How many eggs has she laid? Sometimes they won't start sitting on them right away and will wait until the second or third egg is laid. They usually lay one egg every 2 days, so it could take 4-6 days before she starts sitting on them. I hope she starts sitting on them soon! Keep us posted, and good luck!
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Prateek - 2013-03-29
I have an infant Plumhead.... hardly 2-3 weeks old. Is anyone familiar with handling such small ones? Would u please tell me how to take care of these birds at this starting age, regarding diet, hand feeding, enclosure, training etc...???

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Hadi - 2012-03-01
Hi, I have one pair of plum headed parakeets.
I have some questions:

1.One of males eye has problem and is closed! What should I do?
2.How big a cage should they be in?
3.How can I train them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-01
    Eye closed? This could be an injury but it could also be an allergy. If it is an allergy, the eye(s) should eventually be fine. If it is an injury - you might went to check it and wash with warm water. You could put just a little dab of vaseline on the eye border. Train them? If you have a pair, they are just going to do what they wish to do. It would be very difficult to train them - even to just 'step up' as they will bond with each other. Housing requirements, check out this article on Animal World Parakeet Housing
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-10
    No, they do not tolerate cold temperatures or even extremely hot but definitely not cold.
  • Tracy - 2012-05-09
    You might need to take your bird into the vet about the closing of it. I don't know but do you know how rare these birds are? you should have them in a flight cage or avary with lots of space to fly around and If you had their wings clipped professionaly and then handled them about an hour every day it will not take anytime to train these birds. Have they layed eggs yet? They are hard to breed in captivity. there is a few tricks I could teach you if your are going to breed them. Let me know.
  • Pegasus - 2013-03-29
    I have an infant Plumhead.... hardly 2-3 weeks old. Are u familiar with handling such small ones? Would u please tell me how to take care of these birds, regarding diet, hand feeding, enclosure, training etc...???
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Mike - 2012-12-20
A general set of observations about our Plumhead Parrot. Ours (like others here!) is called Jade, a good cross-gender name as we don't know the sex yet. It was raised from just before fledging (so older than usual) and was difficult to feed, making cute 'I'm hungry' noises but not taking to the syringe at all well. It was raised with a Cockatiel and they are now inseparable- even calling to each other from separate rooms and sleeping in the same cage at night. Jade likes many foods, not at all difficult to feed, including seed, corn kernels, fruit and parrot pellets. It also eats grubs! Both birds plus another baby we have still have baby mix once or twice a day. Plummies have a strong beak which is also quite sharp but they don't appear to bite through anger, it's just that Jade likes to chew skin on my thumb! They are strong flyers, very fast and agile, but it pays to cover glass windows and doors as young birds have no idea of the danger from glass. When young they are also a bit clumsy when it comes to landing, especially on shoulders. We love our little guy heaps, despite being one of several hand-raised birds that have the run of the house or verandah or both.

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  • Terri Coker - 2013-03-05
    I purchased a 4yr old Plum last week. He had been in a aviary/pet store the whole time. I was told he's never talked but with 3 days he is saying I love you, Hi, and what'cha doing. He doesn't know how to step up, but is calming down and letting me feed him by hand. My questions is, should they have grit? Not sure of the benefits. I am giving him a calcium supplement and he is progressing well to fresh foods but not to pellets yet. My email is onsitefirstaid@aol.com in case I can't get my book mark to work for this page. Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-05
    Hi Terri, On your question about grit... gravel and/or grit is used by birds to help break down seed in the digestion process, but it is only needed for birds that eat the seed whole, like pigeon's and doves. Parrots will hull their seeds and nuts and eat only the soft inner parts, so grit/gravel is not a requirement in their diet. They do need a source of calcium, which you are providing with the mineral block, and you can also use cuttlebone for this.
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Phyllis - 2008-08-19
We have an almost five month old plumhead that we got from a breeder at a bird show. It seems as if "he" wasn't handled even though the breeder disputes this. It has taken me weeks to get near him. His shyness concerns me. He actually turns away. But slowly, I'm getting him to step up. Does this behavior sound normal?

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  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    It takes time for plum heads to get used to you. Don't try to handle them,they will bite and have a very strong and nasty one at that. Mine is 30 years old and I've had him most of that time. They love their fruit and veggies,even meat,chicken bones,never apple seeds,forgive the spelling,full of strictnine,poison. My bird,Jade,loves bell pepper seeds the most. If they do bite,and they will.let them,do not react,when they see it doesn't do any good they stop. Enjoy them.
  • john horspool - 2012-03-01
    Do hand tame plumheads make good pets. Are they noisy and how can I get one to talk?
  • aliyaan - 2012-03-31
    This is very beautiful bird. I like it
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    No it isn't normal. If it were a baby and properly hand fed it would be as cuddly and lovey as a little kitten. He wouldn't be hand shy and he would be crawling up your pant leg to be close. He will tame but doesn't sound like the breeder was overly shall we say open with you.
  • trace - 2012-05-11
    I have Plum heads and If I were you I would clip their wings then jump right in there and start handling them. Hold them, pet them and talk to them close to your body. You will find them warming up to you quickly.
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ABBY - 2008-07-21
I have a plumhead parakeet. Somebody gave this talented bird to me and they named the bird, Birdie, and I never plan to change it. I've had him for about 1 year and have learned that it can say quite a few words and phrases. Birdie can whistle a few tunes, make kissing noises, and can say: Birdie, pretty bird, ahhh, I love you, and many other words. He doesn't enjoy being petted so he may bite. Other than that I enjoy having him.

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  • TIM - 2012-01-25
    I have a male plum head named Jade. He is 30 years old. Plum heads don't like to be handled at all and can have apowerful nasty bite. Jade eats anything I do. He love his fruit and veggies and meat,chicken bones,seafood but not celery.If out of his cage these guys will come to you and let them. If they bite let them .Do nothing,although painful,and when they see it doesn't do any good they will stop. Never give them apple seeds,they are full of strictnine,but bell pepper seeds are what they really love. Enjoy your friend
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coree - 2011-11-05
How big is a plum-headed parakeet? I got two male budgerigars parakeet their name is Polly he is green and yellow and Blue he is blue and white.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
    Scrool up in the article and you will see a description. They run about 13 inches but sleder body and long tail.
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