Barraband Parakeets: Things to Know About Superb Parrot


In some parts of the world, the Barraband Parakeet is also referred to as the Superb Parrot. The plant is known as Polytelis Swainsonii in the scientific community.


There is not even one.


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The state of conservation is:

They are on the list of those who are susceptible. There are two primary breeding areas in Australia, and it is anticipated that there are a total of fifty breeding couples living in those areas. They anticipate that if something isn’t done to reverse the fall of this bird’s population, it will soon be listed as endangered.

Size and Weight:

Candy, my Barraband Parakeet, weighs 122 grams and measures approximately 16 inches in length. This is a bird that must be kept in a very large cage because both the length of its tail and the width of its wingspan are quite substantial.


At the 1999 National Cage Bird Show, which was the largest bird show in the United States at the time, a Barraband Parakeet won the American Federation of Aviculture Show as well as the Kellogg Division Trophy and the Scannell Award for best bird in the entire show. In addition, it was awarded the Kellogg Division Trophy. This was the first time that any single bird received all three of the most important medals at the show.


They consume a wide variety of foods. I provide sprouts, fresh veggies and fruit for my birds on a daily basis, as well as progrow, birdie muffins, rice, pasta, whole grains, and other foods. Candy is an excellent eater as well as an inquisitive one!


When it comes to coloration, barrabands are quite stunning. Their beautiful green color is brought out by the aqua that is found on their heads and the tips of their wings. The sun simply reflects off all those various hues. Males can be identified by the yellow colour on their crest and chin, which is separated by a red stripe. This colour, on the other hand, does not show until the bird is approximately 18 months old. Their beaks have a gorgeous orange or almost-pale crimson tint to them. The underside of their long tail is a very dark color that is almost black, and the tail itself is a beautiful green color. Their irises are dark, and there is a golden ring around them. The female does not have any of the vivid yellow or red coloring. I have included a picture of a man and a woman in this message.


They are highly swift birds that can take to the air with relative ease. They are able to fly incredibly well despite having their wings clipped because their long tail gives them a great amount of lift. They are commonly kept in aviaries and are not kept as pets. Because of how well known these birds are, I have recently been in contact with a few breeders who have told me that selling their birds has been quite challenging.


They are able to communicate, and Candy does. Speech is fairly easy to understand. They have a pleasant sounding chirp. If they so want, their voice can be adjusted to a wide range of decibel levels, but even at its most intense, it will in no way strain your hearing. Candy is a pretty rapid talker, but I do not know if the rest of them are the same in that regard.

Duration of life:

Based on my investigations, the answer might be somewhere between 20 and 30 years. I have been corresponding with a man online who has a barraband that is 25 years old and who just gave birth to his first child a year ago (the bird that is).


They are not known for being cuddly birds, and unfortunately, I would have to say that Candy is one of those that fits this description. On the other hand, Candy has only lived with us for a relatively short period of time, so we are still working on this. Candy is interested in finding out where I am and would gladly spend hours simply strolling around with me; but, he will launch himself off my hand whenever he wants to investigate something. They keep a close eye on everything going on around them.

Capacity for Reproduction within Abilities:

It has been conveyed to me that this is challenging in comparison to the majority of birds. Since I am not a breeder myself, all I can do is relay what I have been told. They will not reproduce unless they are housed in big flight pens, and even then, they will only produce one clutch once every year to two years on average. Because there are not many many of them in our own country, I would have to say that you are correct. It is also very tough to locate females.

Personalities in Their Entirety:

Candy’s past has been a challenge to my patience, and it’s all due of him. I have to work hard to earn his trust, but I feel like I’m becoming closer to him on a daily basis. When he first moved in with us, he displayed signs of depression because he had the impression that he had been abandoned. When I moved him closer to a window, you should have seen the joy on his face at first glimpse of the sun (the store he was in is quite dark). Keeping this in mind, it’s possible that my assessment of their personalities is a little off the mark.

When they are brought up to be pets, I feel they develop into really devoted birds. They are neither domineering nor aggressive in nature. If you or another bird ventures too close to their territory, they will let off a sound that is similar to a hissing noise to defend themselves. However, they may be rather nice when they are in your company and trust you.

Candy is all I need to pass the time in a happy and contented state. Their stunning good looks are undeniably an asset, as it is impossible to gaze upon them without becoming hypnotized. The appearance of Candy strikes me as really beautiful.

They enjoy doing so very much. I have never seen a bird swing quite as violently as that one. There were moments when I seriously considered the possibility that he would fall off the swing. One more time, I believe it’s because of their capacity for mobility and speed.

Candy thoroughly enjoys soaking in the tub. Something that occurred throughout the first six years of his existence that I am unable to identify. However, those enormous and stunning wings spread out in order to take in the water with complete freedom and satisfaction. The location is just stunning.

I have no doubt in my mind that the media publishers who focus on birds have misrepresented these creatures. Even though some birds are commonly thought of as being suitable primarily for aviaries, this does not mean that they cannot make good pets. It does indicate that they are the type of bird that would be unhappy if they were confined to a cage all the time, but I have never trained any of my birds to be happy in that setting. When I am in the house, all of my birds are free to go around outside of their enclosures. They are an integral part of our everyday life and are taken to other parts of the house to investigate new environments.

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