Red Rump Parakeets: Everything You Need to Know Before Getting One

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The parakeet is one of the most popular domesticated birds in America. In addition to being attractive, they can be affectionate and entertaining. Red Rump Parakeets, native to Australia, is extraordinary among parrot species in terms of their personalities.

They are referred to as the “convenient bird” due to their minimal maintenance requirements. They also have a lovely tweet, which is why bird watchers like them.

Although caring for a red rump parakeet can be very different from caring for other kinds of pets. Fortunately, we have covered everything you need to know before getting one in this blog post.

Find out more by reading on.

What are Red Rump Parakeets?

The scientific name for red-rumped parakeets, common in southeast Australia, is Psephotus hematogenous.

They are recognized as a protected native bird species on the IUCN Red List. This is why Red Rump Parakeets cannot be taken from the wild despite being allowed to be owned in America.

Their typical habitats include plains with light forest cover and elevations up to 3000 feet, open grasslands, and places near rivers or streams. They avoid the coast as well as wetter and more heavily forested areas.

How do Red Rump Parakeets Breeds?

They can readily reproduce at age 1 during spring or any other rainy season.

They also require a place to fly and a breeding box that is about 10″ by 6″ by 6″. You should add peat and wood shavings beneath their nests to hold the eggs in position and absorb waste.

The bird will lay between 3 and 7 eggs, which it will sit on for up to 20 days before they hatch a month later. A red rump parakeet never abandons its eggs, even when people are around.

How do you Take Care of a Red Rump Parakeet?

Surprisingly, these birds only need very little upkeep and, when given the proper care, have fantastic resistance to diseases.

Regular baths, a constant water supply, nail cutting, and a clean, disinfected cage are the care they require. Without these, they may be more vulnerable to some issues, including respiratory problems, frostbite, fever, eye infections, and feather plucking.

Characteristics of Red Rump Parakeets

1. Life Span

How long do red rump parakeets live? If they receive the proper care and get enough exercise, they should live for 32 years. Nevertheless, in captivity, they typically live for 15 years.

2. Size and Weight

They are medium-sized parrots, measuring about 27-28 centimeters (10.5-11 inches) in length, half of which is their tail. Their slim body weighs 1.9 to 3 ounces (55-85 grams)

3. Physical Appearance 

How can I tell if a Red Rump Parakeet is Male or Female?

The bright emerald green of the male red rump parakeet is accented with blue wings, yellow underparts, and upper-back highlights, as well as a red rump.

In contrast, females are less colorful due to their olive underparts, dark blue wingtips, dull green wings, and backs. Both sexes have black beaks and flesh-colored legs.

4. Vocal Ability

Red Rumped Parakeets make a moderate amount of noise; they are not overly noisy. However, they are quiet too, as most of their noise consists of contented chirps and tweets that sound like soft calls.

These birds sing in a lovely way. However, they do not tend to imitate sounds or voices and are not particularly good talkers either.

5. Behavior

They have a lot of energy and enjoy roaming and exploring their surroundings. Additionally, they enjoy interacting with others and will try to show them affection.

Keeping them alone or in pairs is best because they can still be hostile and territorial toward other species.

It’s essential to mention that they do not often act aggressively toward people. As long as they are closely watched, letting them interact with kids will not be a problem because their tiny beaks will not cause much harm.

6. Training

To tame and domesticate these birds, you undoubtedly need a lot of patience and perseverance. Training them will not be simple, and they have a history of being defiant.

But if you have a strong will, you will succeed. However, they continue to enjoy the conversation and the experience for a while.

7. Habitant

Since red rump parakeets have a high level of intelligence and are productive during the day, purchasing a cage with room to climb, ladders, and toys scattered about is ideal.

Additionally, because these birds do not need much space and are neither loud nor quiet, they are perfect for apartments and larger homes. Additionally, these birds would sing pleasingly lovely songs if they made noise.

8. Diet

Your pet bird will develop weight gain, malnutrition, and other diseases without a healthy, balanced diet. You must switch your parakeet’s all-seed diet to a balanced one.

It will not be simple either because seeds are like candy to birds, so you can see why they prefer them to the fruits and veggies you are offering.

Red Rump Parakeet for Sale

Red Rump Parakeets typically cost $20 to $800. The cost of common varieties ranges from $20 to $50, whereas rarer types and color mutations generally are more expensive, costing upwards of $1,000.

Final Word

For those who want to enjoy the melodious voice of these birds’ getting one would be ideal.  In addition, they are also content to be in a cage with fresh, entertaining toys and little interaction.

Now you know everything you need to know about red rump parakeets before getting one.

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Lizzy Ashton

Lizzy Ashton

Hi, my name is Lizzy Ashton, and I’m from Louisiana.
I consider myself an expert when it comes to raising parakeets and have been doing it for many years now. I’m 32 years old, live with my boyfriend, and together, we have 7 parakeets at home.
Our home is full of light and greenery, which my birds love. We even let them fly around the house (windows closed, of course)!

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