Scarlet Chested Parakeets
Origin: The Scarlet Chested Parakeet is a type of grass parakeet that's native to Southern and Western Australia.
Size: Small birds, normally measuring around 8 inches in length from head to tail.
At maturity, they generally weigh less than 2.5 ounces.
Average Lifespan: In general, a well cared for Scarlet can live between 10-15 years in captivity.
Temperament: It is certainly possible to tame a scarlet chested parakeet, for many years they were considered by most to be an "ornamental" bird, basically meaning that they should be seen and not touched. This has been proven to be an untrue stigma surrounding these birds, as many scarlet's have become tame and loving pets over the years.
Type of Bird: Scarlet Chested Parakeets are one of the more quiet hookbills, preferring to softly chatter among themselves rather than resorting to screams and loud contact call. Couple this trait with their small size, and they could be an ideal pet for those living in apartments.
Colors: Scarlet Chested Parakeets exhibit a brilliant rainbow of colors in their plumage. They are a sexually dimorphic species, so males and females are colored differently. Mature male scarlet's have a dark blue faces, red chests, and bright green on their backs and the tops of their heads. They have yellow bellies and sky blue feathers on the undersides of their wings. Mature females also have blue faces, green wings and backs, and green chests. Like the males, they also have yellow feathers on their bellies. They just don't have the bright red chest like the males do.