What are the similarities between the Alexandrine Parakeet and the Rose-Ringed Parakeet?

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.

Rose-Ringed Parakeet (left) and Alexandrine Parakeet (right)

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. 

Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Aexandrine Parakeet
Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Alexandrine Parakeet

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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