Thinking of buying yourself a Alexandrine or Ringneck Parakeet? Already bought one and having doubts?
Then you need to be aware of a nationwide scam that will not only see you out of pocket, but also condeming a possible wild bird to a life of misery.
- Did you buy the bird from an advert in a local newspaper?
- Was it advertised as a 6 month old baby? (or younger)
- Did the person selling it say that you could not collect it due to some set of circumstances?
- Did the seller say that they had just come back from Iraq or Afgansitan?
- Did you pay approx £175 for it?
If some of the above is correct, then you and many many other people have possibly been 'had'.
The bird you have may not be an Alexandrine Parakeet but probably a Ringneck Parakeet that is much older than 6 months. It is very possible that the bird is from one of the many wild Ringneck Parakeets flocks that live up and down the country. It is trapped, and then sold as a baby Alexandrine or baby Ringneck. Often the trappers will cut the tail off to make it look more like a baby bird. We have had cases reported to us where birds have been fitted with a leg ring to make them look more legitimate. Unfortunately these leg rings are totally alien to these birds and will often result in the bird chewing it's own leg to try and remove the ring.
We have had a lot of calls from people who have had this done to them, from all round the country. Please be very careful when purchasing any kind of parrot or parrakeet, but especially if it is advertised as an Alexandrine or Ringneck Parakeet.
Birdline is available for advice and help should you find yourself in this situation. Please call us on 0845 643 1785.