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Alexandrine parakeet

Alexandrine parakeet
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-02-18
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-27 3:44
Viewed: 1120
Points: 18
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I took this shot in February this year close to Rawal Lake, Islamabad. This parrot was sitting on an electric pole far away. Bare trees and almost no vegetation around helped me easily spot this guy. These lovely birds are common in Islamabad but its not always possible to take decent shots as most of the times they are perching high above the trees and camouflaging well in greener surroundings. Another problem is their bigger size; it is not easy for me to get a full shot of them with reasonable details. Some interesting details from Wikipedia are :

The species is named after Alexander the Great, who is credited with the exporting of numerous specimens of this bird from Punjab into various European and Mediterranean countries and regions, where they were considered prized possessions for the nobles and royalty.

The Alexandrine parakeet is the largest species of all parakeet (small parrot with long tail) species, thus often being the largest parrot in their native range.

The species name eupatria has its origins from Greek. Where the prefix eu translates into good or noble and the suffix patria is a Greek word translating as either fatherland or ancestry. Consequently, the species' scientific name means something in the line "of noble ancestry", "of noble fatherland" or "of noble nation".

The species has naturalized itself in numerous European countries. Particularly in Germany, in the south of England, in Belgium, in Greece, in western Turkey and in the Netherlands where it generally lives amongst or alongside flocks of naturalized Psittacula krameri (ringnecked or rose-ringed parakeet).

The Alexandrine parakeet's natural call heard here is a powerful screech but deeper than that of its very close-relative the rose-ringnecked or rose-ringed parakeet.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Psittaculinae
Tribe: Psittaculini
Genus: Psittacula
Species: P. eupatria

Thanks for viewing,
Best regards,

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Hi Akbar-Beautiful species.Very well captured.Details and colour are really nice.Don't know why this beauty didn't sit little bit on a branch to give you a chance to capture a stunning nature picture!Good work.Regards and thanks for sharing-Srikumar

hallo Akbar
a beauty of a Parakeet with beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

The Alexandrine parakeet can and does make a decent pet; however, they have a terribly harsh bite. Even hand raised ones are most difficult to become docile and loving companions like dogs etc:.
The image has character despite the conditions under which it was registered. A BEAUTIFUL HEAD!!!
Great notes.
Best and most kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-27 8:59]

Hi Akbar,magnificent capture of this parakeet,all is perfect,great detail,bright colors and a nice typical pose too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Akbar,
It is a lovely and nice colorful specie of birds. Wonderful details and good focus.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-08-27 10:56]

Hello Akbar,
Good sharp detailed photo of this Alexandrine Parakeet. The focus on the head is gorgeous. Beautiful natural colours. Fine choice of composition.

Ciao Akbar, great capture of lovely Parakeet with fantastic colors, perfect focus and splendid clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Good composition and position of this nice parakeet. It look really cool looking at the fotographer.
well done


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