Growth and Feather development of
Alexandrine Parakeets, Psittacula eupatria were
observed in captive condition. Twelve specimens of
hatchlings were obtained from five nests in the cavities
of trees from the Shwesettaw Wildlife area lies on the
northern edge of the central plains of Myanmar. Chicks
were carried to the Laboratory of Zoology Department,
Magway University and growth parameters such as
weight, total length, culmen, gape and tarsus were
measured weekly. Development of feather tracts was
also observed. In one week old, their eyes were closed
and naked.In second weeks old, eyes start to open and
alar pins start to come out but feathers on the head,
dorsal, ventral, femoral and caudal were not found. In
rd weeks old, the babies down feathers come in more at
dorsal, femoral and caudal tract. Wings feathers such as
primary, secondary and tertiary were begin distinct.
While the feathers not found on the head and ventral. In
th weeks old, feathers distinct on the head and ventral.
On six weeks old, green contour feathers covered almost
the whole of the body.
Keywords : Growth, Nestling, Feather Development, Weight, Alexandrine Parakeet.