Lord derby's parakeet
- FamilyTrue parrots (Psittacidae)
- Weight320 g
- HabitatMountain forests up to 4.000 m altitude
Flamboyant courtship ritual
Adult male and female Lord Derby’s parakeets can easily be distinguished by their beaks – males have a bright red beak, while females have an all-black beak. During the mating season, the males go to great lengths to impress the females. The courtship ritual includes fanning out their tail feathers, prancing, head-bobbing and dilating their pupils.
Lord Derby’s parakeets are excellent parents – both the female and male participate in raising their young. The female does not leave the clutch during the breeding season and is fed by the male until the chicks are a few days old. Then both take turns in feeding the young. Outside the breeding season, they form mediumsized flocks that forage and roost together.
In the past, deforestation was the main reason for the slight decline in population, today it is the pet trade.