Derbyan parakeet, Lord Derby's (Psittacula Derbianna)
Color : Head is purple grey with black chin, male has orange beak and female has a black beak
Lifespan : 20 to 30 years.
Adult age : 3 to 4 years.
These parrots are very smart and make wonderful pets. They love to spend time with their owners. They love to be petted alongside of their neck. My talking ability is great and my noise level is moderate. Your presence is very important to me. Watching television, sharing a moment while you read a book or listen to music or accompany you while you move around the house will make me very happy.
I am around 22 inches in lenght and weight between 320 and 330 grams. I have nice colored feathers and a purple grey head with a black chin. My wings are dark green with yellow patches. If I am a male my beak is orange and if I am a female my beak is black.
I need a large cage, the bigger the better, a minimum of 36 x 24 x 36 is good. I also need lots of toys because I love to chew, you should rotate my toys weekly, thus I will have less chances of being bored. It is not wise to leave me unattended out of my cage and wander around the house, I may cause damage to some of your wooden furniture. I have the ability to speak. At first it may be jiberish, continue to encourage me and when I will succeed it will be clear and strong. Further more my words will help prevent me from screaming when I want your attention.
As for my food, a love a variety of foods. My meals should be vegetables, fruits, sprouts, and pulse crop and a good quality pellets. Grains and nuts must be given in moderation and of course fresh water.
Baths are part of my needs. Should be in the morning, this way I won't sleep with wet feathers. A good nights sleep of 10 to 12 hours is necessary for my health.
My origins are from India and China.