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Last Post 07-05-2015 8:09 AM by  Doddie Kent
urgent advice needed on DERBYAN PARROT
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06-05-2015 7:38 PM

    hi there, my parents bought a derbyan parrot yesterday, they had been looking at alexandrines for a while and decided on one, only on seeing the derby did they choose this one. 

    being the 1st parrot they have owned they obviously don't know a lot about the different species etc, so were at the mercy of any 'expert' to sell them one. 

    they were told the parrot they bought was a young male, of no more than 6 months old. on doing more research (after buying it and having him in the cage) we are very unsure as to the sex and age of our new family pet. we have read numerous conflicting descriptions of beak colours, crown colours, the pupils etc etc. 

    all the evidence points to this parrot being about 2-3 years old, which is extremely unfair to us as we were prepared to invest a lot of time and care into raising this pet to be a tame, potentially talking, long term family pet.

    the only thing which points to it possibly still being young, is the size. our bird is about 12" from head to tip of the tail, adult derby's are said to be around the 20" mark, however I'm unsure of how long it takes to grow past the 12" mark.

    basically I'm after any help i can, i tried to attach photos but couldn't, the bird has a black beak, green body, purple head, purple/grey front, and slight green crown. the eyes are black with a slight yellow iris.any help in guessing a rough age/sex would be very much appreciated! thank you in advance

     

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    06-05-2015 7:53 PM
    Google Derbyan Parrot (Parakeet). There's a wealth of information, size, colouring, etc. This is what Wikkepedia has to say about that breed:

    Lord Derby's parakeets average 20 inches (50 centimeters) in length and are sexually dimorphic. They have a mostly green plumage over their dorsal surface (i.e. from behind), black lores and lower cheeks, a bluish-purple crown and pale yellow eyes. The throat, breast, abdomen and under-wing coverts are greyish blue to lavender. The thighs and vent area are yellowish green with blue edging on some of the feathers. The tail feathers are shades of green, some edged with blue. Male birds have a red upper mandible with a yellow tip, while the lower mandible is black. The females have an all-black beak.

    Immature Lord Derby's parakeets are duller in colour than the adults. Juvenile birds have green crowns, orange-red upper and lower mandible (beak), and their irises are dark and do not lighten until they reach maturity between two and three years of age.

    First of all, there is no reason whatsoever why you shouldn't be able to bond with this bird. Is it tame, ie handleable, now? If it turned out to be a hen, does that really matter? Everything takes time where birds are concerned. Google will also show you pictures of them, so you will be able to compare your bird.

    Did you get any advice about feeding your bird? General looking after it? Size of cage? Amount of time necessary for it to be out of the cage? All this will have a bearing on your bird's behaviour. What county do you live in? There may well be somebody in your area that could give you advice and tips. Derbyans are beautiful birds, and I don't see why you wouldn't be prepared to invest time and care on a 2-year old if you are happy to do so with a baby. They live a long time, and are worth the effort.

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    06-05-2015 8:14 PM
    hi there thanks for the reply, no it wouldn't matter on the sex really, as for the age, even that wouldn't matter too much apart from the fact its unfair to sell a 2-3 year old bird as a 6 month old!
    its definitely not tame at all, even opening the cage has him/her flapping about and squarking like a crow! at the moment it feels like this is an older bird he couldn't shift and has been sat at the back of an aviary its whole life!
    all the colours/markings point to it being an adult female, however the size is only 12 inches which is obviously a lot smaller than an average adult and also quite dull, but that could be mis treatment/ mal nourishment so I'm very unsure :/
    the fact its very scared/untame makes me think it could have been neglected and ignored- can this ever be tamed now??
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    07-05-2015 8:09 AM
    I read that 'dull' colours indicate a youngster ... you might still be ok. Sounds like a parent-reared bird, not a hand-reared. This means it will take a lot of time to settle the bird. Remember, you've had it a very, very short time, and bird is probably very scared indeed.
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