Meet the Scarlet Chested Grass Parakeet

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Scarlet Chested Grass Parakeets (SCGP) come from Australia. They once were considered pests by farmers since they eat grain. They are part of the Neophema family which also includes Turquosines, Bourkes and Splendid. The only difference between parrots and parakeets is size. And even that is debatable. Grass parakeets (or grass parrots) have long tails. They exhibit sexual dimorphism which means that the male and the female look different. The males have bright red chests, blue heads and green backs. The females are drab by comparison. SCGP were among the first birds to come to Pandemonium. They have great personalities and can be tamed. Our birds were sick when they first arrived. I had to give them medicine twice a day. Since these birds are very hard to catch, I couldn't leave them in an aviary so I had to use 16 boxes (we had 8 birds) to house them. I had to get up at 4 to have the time to give each of our 8 SCGP a drop of medicine. I'd  take a bird out of the box, give meds and then put the bird in a clean box. After the birds all got their meds, I'd clean their original  boxes. At night, the same routine was followed. After a month of giving them meds, they got used to my handling them and got quite tame.