The BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS OF WALES is currently listed as near threatened on CITES II, with a wild population estimate of only 5,000 individuals. It saddens me to realize that this magnificent bird is now observed much less often in the wild.
M&T EXOTIC BIRDS is very delighted and proud to announce that once again this year they have successfully bred and produced PRINCESS OF WALES babies within our MD LICENSED breeding aviary. It is noted in some textbooks that in 1890 two birds were taken by Alex Magery directly from their nest. The location of that event was at Crown Point. The earliest information that I could locate on captive breeding is that in 1899 babies were produced. This was accomplished by the then director of the South Australian museum, Mr. A. Zietz. The Princess, Australian Parrot was given it's name in honor of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who later became married to the Prince of Wales Edward VII. The Princess later became the Queen of England. The Princess of Wales Parrot acquired it's name in the mid 19th century. This was a time period when it was popular for new discoveries to be named after royality. OTHER NAMES FOR THIS SPECIES INCLUDE: Queen Alexandra's Parakeet, Rose-throated Parrot, Queen Alexandra's Parrot and Spinifex Parrot. Their scientific name is Polytelis alexandrae. The habitat of the Princess encompasses the second largest desert area of the world. Their survival range includes both hilly area and mountain ranges. The species is found in the interior areas of central and western Australia. They are a Nomadic species that will arrive in small groups to breed and then seem to disappear from the area. The Princess inhabits various habitats including desert to mountain ranges where trees exist along water edges, scrublands and arid woodlands. These are the most popular habitats for this species. They are usually partial to areas with eucalyptus, acacia trees and casuarinas. Most sightings are of small flocks of 10 to 20 but at times larger flocks are spotted. Often times when spotted they are in in pairs. In the wild they may occupy areas between sand dunes and frequently can be observed feeding on the ground and in flowering shrubs and trees. Because of their Nomadic nature they travel to where the food source becomes available. In the wild their diet is mostly seeds with flowers and seeding heads of Spinifex plants. They will also eat leaves and nectors but usually as a 2nd choice in diet.
This very attractive bird often ranges in size from 15.5 inches to 19 inches. I have multiple males which are definitely 19 plus inches long. It is considered to be a medium sized bird with a gentle, social personaliy. The Princess lifespan seems to be a bit of a mistery for it is reported as 15 or even possibly 20 to 30 years. The weight range falls in the 3.9-4.2 ounce, 90-120g range. Often within their cages I will use sanitized, non toxic leafy branches. If possible it is very beneficial to use branches that vary in diameter for this helps the birds feet to get good exercise. It is a good idea to place the branches at various angles also. All of the birds seem to really appreciate chewing on the bark of the natural NON TOXIC branches such as the apple branches that I provide for them. By offering branches it can help to keep your bird active plus it gives them ample opportunity for healthy beak exercise. Always be sure that the trees that you obtain the branches from were not sprayed with any type of toxic sprays. A Princess is truly a very hardy bird if properly taken care of. A clean, healthy environment is essential to having a very hearty, long lived friend. Several of my Princesses are approaching their later teen years and they have never had any health problems what so ever.
PET QUALITY INFORMATION A hand fed Princess can make a WONDERFUL PET and definitely has the potential for being a great companion bird that can easily win the love of the entire family. They are not a shy bird and they are known for being intelligent and often playful. A baby that has been socialized around people at a early age can easily learn to trust and interact well for they are a very social bird. Their personality can be endearing and rather gentle. A Princess can actually bond to more than one owner at a time if they are reared properly as babies and juveniles. I definitely pamper my little ones until they leave M&T. I am constantly getting excellent feedback from owners of my Princess of Wales. Owners of some of my babies have reported to me that their Princess has learned to talk. Some familes have told me that their pet has become pleasantly musical. This species is NOT OVERLY NOISY and they do not shed a lot of dander at all. Don't get me wrong, as with any pet there is going to be some noise and a fair amount of clean up and cartaking of it's environment. I personally find them to be a fairly easy and very enjoyable bird to care for. I guarantee you that the effort is well worth it. I am constantly amazed by their elegant beauty. Their stunning display of green with a pink throat, bluish crown and stunning bright green shoulder is in itself quite eyecatching. The chin, throat and foreneck are pink and then they sport those adorable colorful boots above the foot area. Both sexes when mature display beautiful colorations but the male gets slightly more magnificent. The males have slightly longer tails and a coral red beak wheras the females beak is more like a wine color. Males have an orange iris, the females iris is much browner A Princess is a excellent choice for a novice or someone wanting a bird larger than a Cockatiel. A Princess compared to many birds is not a overly demanding bird. They are forgiving so to speak if not taken out of the cage every day. It is a great first bird if you desire a medium size parrot that is very beautiful and unique. Feeding is a easy chore for they love all kinds of small to medium seeds. I mix together a large assortment of small seeds while also including cockatiel diets and maintenance pellets. My Princess pairs love my fresh sliced cucumbers, sliced apples, orange slices, leafy greens plus lots more. Some birds will enjoy meal worms, especially if they are nearing breeding age. The more of a variety you offer a Princess as a juvenile the healthier your pet should be. After all they should definitely be considered not only a pet but a companion member of the family. A tame Princess will have a great time when allowed to be out of the cage. A bird Play Gym area is a excellent item to add to your home to keep your tame Princess happy. My hand fed babies are tame. Anyone that is interested in viewing many more photos of the beautiful Princess of Wales may appreciate the M&T EXOTIC BIRDS website at http://www.mandtexoticbirds.com . I have done lots of photography throughout the years and have LOTS OF THE PHOTOS DISPLAYED ON THE SITE. I welcome all to please join us there, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED! I have a OPEN GUEST BOOK on my website which I invite everyone to scroll through. Please feel free to sign in the sites guest book. I hope that the information supplied in this article has given you some insight into the BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS OF WALES.