Port Lincoln Parrot
- Size: 15-16 inches
- Lifespan: 15-18 years
- Bird Species: Parakeet
- Colors: Green with various details
- Sounds: Quiet, Natural Calls, Mimics, Whistler
- Interaction: Social, Intelligent, Inquisitive, Fun, Energetic, Affectionate
- Comparable Breeds: Mulga Parrot, Elegant Parakeet
Port Lincoln Parrot General Info
Proven to be one of Australia’s hardiest birds, these lovely parrots are quickly finding their place in the world’s aviculture. Port Lincoln Parrot is a long-lived breed and will make a great lifelong companion. They are also capable as whistlers, mimics, and talkers, a quality that also makes them popular amongst owners. But most of all, Port Lincolns are very charming, with their unique coloring and very cute overall looks. Often kept as a beautiful aviary bird, this exotic bird breed is also known as Australian Parakeet, Bauer’s Parakeet, Banded Parrot, Yellow-naped Parrot, and Twenty-eight Parrot.
Did you know that their natural calls sound like the words “twenty eight”, which earned them a fun nickname?
Native to some of the most difficult regions of Australia, Port Lincoln Parrot is common to a wide region spanning most of the country. It gets its name from Port Lincoln on the coast of Southern Australia, where this breed is a common sight. They have exceptional abilities to adapt, successfully reproducing in every new condition. These parrots nest in various habitats, including deserts, arid scrubland, Eucalyptus growth, river valleys, and rarely suburban areas. Port Lincoln Parrot is a stable breed of least concern, but for a while, they were threatened by the invasive species or Rainbow Lorikeets.
Belonging to the family of Australian Ringneck parrots, the Port Lincoln Parrot retains most of the peculiar physical details of this species. The first thing to notice is the very, very long tail. There’s also the stubby, robust beak and a slightly chubby upper body. Their appearance is quite cute, and with all the unusual colors, exotic as well. The adults reach an average length between 15 to 16 inches (37 to 40 centimeters) and will weigh around 5 ounces (140 grams). The only differences between the several subspecies of Australian Ringnecks are color related. That’s why they are so easily distinguished and classified.
Speech and Sounds
One of the more curious aspects of this breed is their unique natural call. A series of melodic notes strangely resembles a spoken “twenty eight”. This earned them a nickname Twenty Eight Parrot. But in general, these are not noisy birds. They do have some limited ability at mimicking and talking, but this requires patience and practice. Port Lincoln Parrot is also a good whistler and can surprise you with their ability to repeat tunes.
You will be impressed by the variety of colors and combinations that are the pride of the Port Lincoln Parrot. The main color is light green, covering the back, wings, chest, and tail. The belly, neck, and sides of the body are light, warm yellow, while the head is black. On the cheeks, there are patches of dark blue. The wings are mixed with subtle tones of turquoise, often spreading through the long tail feathers. These exotic combinations never fail to impress, and only make the Port Lincoln Parrot stand out.
The various distinct color details are what sets apart the many Australian Ringneck breeds.
Care and Feeding
An important part of proper care for these parrots is giving them plenty of room. That’s why they are often chosen as aviary pets. Even if you don’t keep them in an aviary or a bird room, you will need to ensure a lot of free room for your pet to thrive.
Additionally, you should provide them with a well-balanced diet. In the wild, their diet consists of nectar, fruits, and seeds, which is not too hard to replicate for your pet. Start with a high-quality commercial seed mix and plenty of fruits, and you’ll be all set. Meeting your new pet’s nutritive needs from the start will ensure good health in the long run.
Health and Common Conditions
Port Lincoln Parrot is known far and wide for its very hardy health. This gives them a great advantage when kept as a pet parrot. They rarely get ill, and easily adapt to common household conditions. An important fact that a lot of owners sadly neglect is the importance of social interaction. A parrot that lacks constant companionship, handling, and vocal stimulation, will quickly lose interest in interaction and become difficult and depressed. Always find a bit of your time to spend with your pet – whether it is playing, learning tricks or talking. It helps a lot towards building a perfect relationship with your pet.
Once a Port Lincoln Parrot is grows accustomed to its new family, it will need constant interaction and companionship from his owner to be happy and healthy.
Personality & Behavior
In general, Port Lincoln Parrot is a calm, fun parrot with a very friendly personality. They’ll love new things and will be quick to show their playful side if given the chance. Make sure that they have a lot of wooden toys, rope swings, and perches to make the most out of their fun personality. Once you put in a bit of effort into getting to know your new pet and spend time playing and interacting with them, you will be rewarded with a lifelong feathery friend.
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