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Princess Parrots

Polytelis alexandrae

Class: Aves       
Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 30 years           
Weight: Up to 120g      
Length: Up to 46cm      
Reproduction: Egg-laying         
Status: Near threatened (in some Australian states)

Also known as Alexandra’s parrot or rose-throated parakeet, Princess parrots were named in honour of Queen Alexandra when she was the Princess of Wales.

This species is nomadic, arriving in small groups to breed and then disappearing, sometimes up to decades at a time. Little is known about the habitats of the Princess parrot, as few bird experts have been lucky enough to observe them in the wild.

They are an unusual parrot species, as they engage in mobbing behaviour against predators such as the Australian Hobby, opposed to taking a flight response.