What are the similarities between the Alexandrine Parakeet (Psitacula eupatria) and the Rose-Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)?
Both the Alexandrine Parakeet and the Rose-Ringed Parakeet are Asian parrots with mainly green feathers and a thick red beak.
The Alexandrine Parakeet has a red beak with yellow tips, whereas the Rose-Ringed Parakeet doesn’t have a yellow-tipped beak.
The Alexandrine Parakeet has a red patch on its shoulder, whereas the Rose-Ringed Parakeet has no red patch on its shoulder.
The male Alexandrine Parakeet has a pink band around its neck, and the male Rose-Ringed Parakeet has a rose-pink or a black neck ring.
Both the female Alexandrine Parakeet and the female Rose-Ringed Parakeet have no neck ring.
The Alexandrine Parakeet is larger, growing to 56-62 centimetres (22-24 inches) tall, whereas the Rose-Ringed Parakeet grows to 40 centimetres (16 inches) tall.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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