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13 Amaze-wing Facts About The Mustache Parakeet For Kids

Mustache parakeet facts-a colorful companion to brighten up your day

Ever been fascinated by the chattering parrots and the various colorful plumages they present? Today, we bring fun facts about a bird from the parrot's family, the mustached parakeets. These birds have captivated the minds and hearts of their pet owners with their engaging and lively personalities. They come in shades of green, blue plumage with distinct beak colorations for each sex. The common names of this bird species include the mustache parakeet, mustached parakeet, red-breasted parakeet, or the Java parakeet.

The cage needs to be placed with plenty of toys to engage these bird friends. They would love to spend more time out of the cage on your shoulders. Bring them home, and you won't have a day to regret them as they are highly loyal companions.

If our little friend, the mustached parakeet, has drawn enough attention from you, please read on. For more relatable content, check out these Eurasian collared dove facts and Amazon parrot facts for kids.

Mustache Parakeet Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a mustache parakeet?

Mustache parakeet, also spelled as moustached parakeet, is a medium-sized bird species belonging to the parrot family. One may wonder the difference between a parrot and a parakeet, as these words are interchangeably used by many to refer to these colorful birds. Parrot is a broad classification given to colorful birds falling in the order Psittaciformes comprising 92 genera under them. At the same time, the parakeets are a smaller group of birds falling into the parrot family. The moustached parakeets boast of eight subspecies under them.

What class of animal does a mustache parakeet belong to?

Moustached parakeets belong to class Aves. The mustached parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) belongs to the family Psittaculidae. The unique feature of class Aves is that the animals falling in this category are endothermic; they have specially adapted flight muscles providing them buoyancy and assisting them in flight. The Avians also have feathers that are modified forelimbs.

How many mustache parakeets are there in the world?

The moustached parakeets' population worldwide has not been quantified or studied. However, as per the observations of scientists, the population of moustached parakeets is looking at a steady declining trend. Habitat loss, persecution, and trapping for the pet trade threaten the mustached parakeets' population. As a result, the species of moustached parakeets found in Java islands are close to extinction.

Where does a mustache parakeet live?

The mustached parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) lives in mountains, woodlands, and hills.

The moustached parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) is endemic to the south and southeast of the Asian continent. The geographic distribution of the moustached parakeet ranges from north to northeastern parts of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and southern parts of China. The feral populations of these parrot species have been observed in Indian cities like Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore.

What is a mustache parakeet's habitat?

These moustached parakeets enjoy inhabiting wooded and forest habitats. They are also stabilizing their range in human-altered areas below 6561 ft (2000 m). The habitat range is quite diverse for these parrot species, including dry forests, mangroves, moist deciduous forests, cultivated areas with trees, places of human settlements, etc.

Who do mustache parakeets live with?

Moustached parakeets are social animals, and in the wild, these birds are observed in flocks numbering 10-50 members. They are noted to be a noisy set of avians. If taken home as a pet, try to keep them in pairs to address their social needs in the minimal case.

As a pet, they get attached to one member of the family more. As a result, they make an excellent, loyal companion to single owners.

How long does a mustache parakeet live?

The moustached parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) is known to live up to 25 years of age if given proper nourishment and care. However, this species of red-breasted parakeet is prone to some diseases like sarcocystosis, aspergillosis (fungal disease), polyoma, hypovitaminosis A, psittacosis, bacterial infections (pneumonia), etc., that can hamper the longevity of this bird.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding of a mustached parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) bird takes place in captivity. The mustached parakeet reaches sexual maturity at the age range between two and three years. The pairing of these moustached parakeets at a young age may be beneficial. The winter season sees the onset of the mating activities where the females pester the males to feed them. The females dominate the courtship phase. In the wild, the breeding season is observed between December and April, which varies based on the altitude and the weather conditions.

The start of spring sees the egg-laying by the moustached parakeets. Thick hollow wood logs provide an ideal nesting site for these birds. These moustached parakeets lay anywhere between three to four eggs, and the incubation period for these eggs will be 22 days until we get to see the new hatchlings. The young hatchlings from the eggs can be under parental care for nine months, and after that, they can be separated as the parents will be ready for the next breeding season.

What is their conservation status?

The IUCN Red List places the mustached parakeets as a Near Threatened species. The steady decline in the population of these parrot species and extinction in specific habitat ranges has decreed these birds of beauty from the parrot family to be placed under Near Threatened category.

Mustache Parakeet Fun Facts

What do mustache parakeets look like?

Discover mustached parakeets, a bird with mustache-like markings belonging to the parrot family.

There is a clear distinction between males, females, and young chicks of mustached parakeets in their appearance. The males have a green plumage with a long and thin tail. They have a gray head with distinct markings on their head and face, along with a red bill. The breast, throat up to upper abdomen has pinkish plumage. Their beak is orange with yellow tips. Greenish-blue tail feathers are another sight to watch out for. The tail of these parrots species is proportionate to their bodies.

The females have a bluish hue on their faces. The ventral plumage is duller pink than the males. They have shorter tail feathers than males. They, too, have a gray head. The dark gray or black beak is another distinguishing factor. The immature young ones are difficult to distinguish as a male or a female. The adult male has a deep lavender to blue cere, whereas the female has a white to brown cere. The young ones take almost one year to reveal this color. Hence, the mustached parakeet shows their sex only by one year. The beak of the baby mustached parakeet is light pink.

How cute are they?

The vibrant colors and their talking nature make this red-breasted parakeet a delightful and cute companion. The beak in different variations is also an interesting factor about these parrot's subspecies.

How do they communicate?

These bird species communicate amongst each other by various calls. Moustached parakeets are considered to be quieter than other parrots in terms of squealing and screaming. They whistle pleasantly and are therefore preferred by pet owners for their quiet and calm demeanor.

How big is a mustache parakeet?

The mustached parakeet measures 13-15 in (33-38.1 cm) in length. They are almost half the size of the most giant parakeet called Alexandrine parakeet, which measures 22-24 in (56-61 cm) in length.

How fast can a mustache parakeet fly?

The exact speed of the mustached parakeet is not studied at length yet. However, it is known that the mustached parakeet can fly at two different speeds for open and closed environments. When in the open, they can travel at almost 22.4 mph (36 kph) whereas, in closed environments like a cage, they will fly at a speed of 11.2 mph (18 kph).

How much does a mustache parakeet weigh?

The moustached parakeet weighs as much as 4.7-5.9 oz (133-168 g). They are twice as heavy as a Carolina parakeet that weighs 3.5 oz (100 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The male moustached parakeet is called a cock, and the female moustached parakeet is called a hen. Parakeets, in general, are also called budgies.

What would you call a baby mustache parakeet?

A baby moustached parakeet is called a chick. The moustached parakeet chick weans at 12-14 weeks and is ready to fledge after 52 days.

What do they eat?

In the wild, these birds survive on food like seeds, fruits, and blossoms. In a cage they can be given fruits and vegetables as food like kale, strawberries, melon, apple, collard greens, and bananas. Avocados need to be avoided as food as they are toxic to these birds.

The eagles and falcons predate these parrots in the wild.

Are they dangerous?

No, they are not dangerous to humans.

Would they make a good pet?

The moustached parakeets make intelligent, social, and playful pets. These parrots need early socialization training to keep a check on their aggression and bossy nature as pets. These parrots enjoy plenty of space in their cage and with loads of pets toys. These pets need good companionship and are often kept in pairs. They would make great first-time pets.

Did you know...

The mustache parakeet price varies according to the age, breeder, and time of the year. These species of parrots can cost around $400 and $600.

Would you like to know how our little parrot buddy's name sounds in different languages worldwide? For example, in Dutch, they are called roseborstparkiet, Alexander parkiet in German, and the French call them perruche barber!

Mustache parakeet vs. Indian ringneck: Although these birds are related to one another, the primary distinction between these two birds is that the mustached parakeet is different in personality. They are mellower and less noisy than the Indian ringnecks.

Can mustache parakeets talk?

These parrot species, like all, are chatterboxes and can talk at length. Mustache parakeet talking would keep their owners amused and amazed. They can master as many as 20 words. The males are better at talking than the females.

Do parakeets fall in love with themselves?

Based on evidence from pet owners and bird enthusiasts, we can say that yes, these parrots are capable of falling in love with themselves. The parakeets are highly social animals, and even in the wild, they remain with their flocks. These birds are kept in pairs mostly; if not, a mirror is placed beside them for them to consider they have company. You will see that they love to look at themselves in the mirror and talk.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other arthropods from our monk parakeet fun facts for kids and summer tanager fun facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Mustache parakeet coloring pages.

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