All About Rock Pebbler Parakeets
Why is a Rock Pebble Parakeet a Good Pet?
Rock Pebble Parakeet Parrot lovers will certainly be interested in the rock pebbler parakeet. There are even those who would suggest that it would make for a beginner’s first bird. It is scientifically classified as Polytelis anthopeplus and first gained public attention as early as 1831 through the writings of Edward Lear, an English author who was famous for his wit.
This bird is highly social, easily trained as a pleasant talker. The rock pebbler is likewise commonly called the rock peplar, murray smoker, marlock parakeet, regent parakeet, and black-tailed parakeet. There are two recognized species of the rock pebbler parakeet: the eastern P. anthopeplus monarchoides, and the western P. anthopeplus anthopeplus. These birds are native to woodlands in southwestern and southeastern Australia.
Which is the Best Species to Choose?
Those who wish consider this bird as a pet should remember that the eastern P. anthopeplus monarchoides is on the endangered list of bird species. The more advisable pet to keep then would be the western subspecies, P. anthopeplus anthopeplus,which is classified as “least concern” or “lower risk.” The eastern species is more colorful than its western counterpart, which may partly be the reason for its endangered status in the list of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).
These parakeets are sexually dimorphic with the male and female exhibiting different colors. Yellow is the general color of the male whose head also sports several shades. With a bill that is generally red, the male has colorful hues of green on its back. A female rock pebbler, on the other hand, has a dominant green color with black hues under its tail.
These birds grow from about thirty-seven to forty-two centimeters in length. The full colors of the rock pebbler will manifest at about 14 months old. These parakeets have a relatively long lifespan, and if cared properly, the captive birds can live to as much as twenty-five years.
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What Consists the Bird’s Diet and Activity?
Rock pebbler parakeets like fresh food which needs to be provided daily along with water. Serving chopped mixtures of fresh fruit as well as a regular supply of seed sprouts, leaf buds, blossoms and berries. A few insects provided occasionally should likewise be ideal pet food for them as bird pets.
As indicated by their potentially long lifespan, these birds are hardy by nature. The parakeet cages need not be protected from drafts. As they originated from a warm habitat, the rock pebbler parakeet, however, should be protected from extreme cold.
These birds require a roomy cage. Reputed to be the best flier among Australian parakeets, a rock pebbler also need some exercise outside the cage. A solitary bird can be kept, but it will do much better if kept in a group in an aviary. In the wild, a small flock of twenty individuals is common and flocks reaching up to one hundred parakeets have been observed. Hence, as truly social creatures, rock pebbler parakeets can be mixed with other bird species similarly pleasant in disposition and behavior.