How to Breed Barraband Parrots

Updated March 23, 2017

Barraband parrots, also know as superb parrots, are domesticated parrots that are originally from southeast Australia. These parrots are two shades of vibrant green with males having a bright yellow head and a red band around their throats, and females having a blue-green face. Both male and female Barraband parrots are considered docile pets and can grow to be 16 inches in size. Breeding the parrots in your aviary requires you to provide them with enough food and nesting spots, then sitting back and letting nature take its course.

Provide plenty of nesting options for the Barraband parrots during their nesting season which runs from September to late December. Place nesting boxes and large logs high up in the aviary so the male and female birds may select their ideal nesting spots.

Stock the nesting boxes with plenty of soft material, such as sawdust and wood shavings.

Provide the parrots with plenty of food during the nesting season, including a variety of insects. Barraband parrots may consume more during the breeding and nesting season, specifically preferring insects to seed pellets or fruit.

Observe the beginning of the mating, as the male displays his feathers, fans his tail and holds his head high to attract the female. The female will lay four to six eggs in the nesting box or log.

Wait approximately 20 days for the eggs to hatch. During this time the female will brood over the nest alone. Avoid contact with the nest and eggs. Continue providing plenty of food for the male and female Barraband parrots during nesting and once the eggs have hatched.

Wait approximately five weeks for the young parrots to mature enough to leave the nest. During this time, the female will care for them. Once they are able to leave the nest on their own, you can begin handling them to encourage them to be tame pets.

Things You'll Need

  • Nesting boxes
  • Logs
  • Sawdust
  • Wood shavings
  • Parrot food
  • Insects
  • Fruit
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