About Alexandrine Parakeet:
- It is named after Alexander the Great, who transported numerous birds from Punjab to various European and Mediterranean countries and regions.
- These birds are highly intelligent and are known to be excellent talkers, making them very popular pets.
- These parakeets are diurnal social birds. They usually live in small flocks but form larger groups in areas where food is abundant or at communal roosts.
- They are widespread in South and South-East Asia where they live in forests, woodlands, agricultural lands, and mangrove forests.
- Conservation status:
- IUCN: Near Threatened
- Wildlife Protection Act, 1972: Schedule IV
Key facts about the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
There are Six Schedules in this act. These Schedules give a different standard of protection.
- The Listed breeds and types of animals in Schedule I and part II of Schedule II get supreme protection. Offences under these are prescribed the highest penalties.
- For example Himalayan Brown Bear, Indian Elephant etc.
- The Listed breeds and types of animals in Schedule III and Schedule IV are also secured, but the penalties are comparatively much lower.
- For example, Barking Deer, Falcons, Kingfisher, Tortoise etc.
- Schedule V includes the animals which can be hunted.
- For example, Common Crow, Mice, Rats, Fruit Bats etc.
- The plants, trees and crops mentioned in Schedule VI are banned from Cultivation and Planting. For example, Kuth, Red Vanda, Pitcher Plant etc.
Q1) Who was Alexander the Great?
Alexander the Great was king of Macedonia from 336 B.C. to 323 B.C. and conquered a huge empire that stretched from the Balkans to modern-day Pakistan.