Parakeets come in many sizes, colors and personalities.

Read stories about parakeets that their owners have written, see pictures and more.

Alexandrine Parakeet

There are so many parakeet species, each with their own personality and needs. This page will be laid out differently than our other parrot pages so that we can focus on each species and their specific instinctive behaviors and needs.

The Budgies and Quakers have their own pages, as will others as I find more time to create them. Some people call the same bird by three different names, so the bird you are looking for may also be called a parrot or a conure. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact me.

The parakeet species listed below are the Alexandrine/Ringnecked, Bourke's, Derbyan, Lineolated, Moustached/Mustached, and the Plum Headed.

Alexandrine/Ringneck Parakeets

Indian Ringneck Parakeet picture, Pedro

General Description:

Alexandrine Ringneck Parakeets have a large head and bill, a smooth feathered body and a long tapered tail. The male has green plumage with some grayish-blue on the cheeks and a dark violet patch on the wing.

There is a faint black stripe from the cere to the eye, a black band across the lower cheek, and a wide rosy collar. The inner tail feathers are blue-green with pale yellow tips and a yellow underside. The beak is a deep red with a yellow tip.

The female Alexandrine Ringneck Parakeet is lighter than the male, without the colorful markings and they have shorter central tail feathers. These birds grow to a length of 23" (58 cm).

Mutations:

Some of the more common mutations are blue, lutino, cinnamon, a lime yellow with cinnamon flight and tail feathers; the gray with plumage consisting of shades of black, silver and gray; a cream albino with red eyes and white coloring; and the white-headed blue.

Personality:

These sweet parakeets make excellent pets, provided they are handled frequently when young and then throughout their lives. They are not known to be cuddly but that doesn’t mean they never do cuddle.

They can learn to talk and their speaking ability can outrank that of the cockatiel or similar smaller birds. They begin talking at around one year of age and can sometimes learn up to 250 words, although their speech may not be as clear as the larger parrots. The more time you spend talking and playing your companion parrot, the more likely it will talk.

Behavior:

These parakeets do have a loud call, so they are not recommended for apartment living. They also have very strong destructive beaks, so provide safe wood toys for them to destroy to keep them happy. They are intelligent birds and need a variety of toys to keep them from getting bored.

Diet:

You should provide no more than 70 percent of the Parakeet diet with top-quality pellets. Some of those pellets are just junk. We like the Totally Organics Pellets that we carry because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also carry Harrison's Organic Pellets.

I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Switching Budgies (ground feeders) To Pellets article

The other 30 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!

CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).

No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.

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Lixit Water Bottle

We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.

Also, invest in a water bottle. You will avoid lots of potential health problems by insuring they have clean water to drink that hasn’t been bathed and pooped in.

If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.

Lixit makes a glass water bottle that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on the cage if you are worried about safety. (Some birds get their foot or beak stuck in the spring attachment on other bottles.)

Cages:

Because of their long tails, ringnecks need tall cages, and the cage should be as large as possible. They must have a sturdy, quality cage due to their powerful beaks. A minimum size for a single pet would be 36 x 18 x 24 inches with the bar spacing no more than 1/2 - 5/8 inches.


Bourke’s Parakeet

Bourkes Parakeet

General Description:

The Bourke's in the picture above is a Rosy Bourke's.

The Bourke's Parakeet is relatively small, about 7.5 inches, and comes in a few shades of gray, pink, blue and yellow. Males can sometimes be distinguished from the females by the blue feathers above their nares. Females may have these blue feathers, but they should be a pale blue.

Some breeders say that males will sing and the females will only chirp when they mature. They also tell me that the Rosy and Rainbow male will have more pink feathers on the head the the females.

Personality:

If you are looking for a very quiet bird, this may very well be the bird for you. They are said not to scream or hardly make noise at all. They will usually only make sweet chirping or chattering sounds. Some have even been reported to talk.

Bourke’s Parakeets are most active early in the morning and at sunset. During the day they are fairly sedentary. Some would say they are boring because they really don’t play and they won’t entertain you like other parrot species.

A hand fed and well-socialized Bourke’s Parakeet has the potential for being a sweet pet. If you are not planning on handling the bird, you can easily keep it with other sweet small birds.

Behavior:

They are very quiet and peaceful. The only notable behavior is that they are ground dwellers and will often spend time on the bottom of the cage. Some owners pile their food on the floor for them to eat.

Diet:

You should provide no more than 70 percent of the Parakeet diet with top-quality pellets. Some of those pellets are just junk. We like the Totally Organics Pellets that we carry because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also carry Harrison's Organic Pellets.

I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Switching Budgies (ground feeders) To Pellets article

The other 30 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!

A great seed mix, even though it is not organic, is the Volkman's brand of finch and parakeet seed mixes. Also feed them millet spray daily. If you find an organic source for these items please contact me so that I can list it. Until then you can find Volkman's in my Parrot Supply Store.

CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).

No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.

We always suggest you invest in a good quality water bottle so that they always have clean fresh water to drink. Lixit makes one that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on if you are worried about safety.

If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.

We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.

Cages:

A cage 24x24x30 inches should be sufficient for a single bird. The cage must have a bar spacing of no more than 1/2 to 5/8 inches. If you can find a quality cage that is wider than it is high, that would really be best.

Bourke's hop around like finches, the do not climb around the cage. Also, arrange the toys to the outer walls of the cage because they tend to have night frights and might break a blood feather on a toy in the middle.

Derbyan Parakeet

General Description:

The Derbyan parakeet is mostly green. Their lower cheeks and lores are black, with a beautiful blue on their fore crown that eases into a violet-blue that covers the rest of the head. They have yellow-green patches on their wings with blue going down the their tail. The male has a red beak and the female’s beak is black.

Personality:

The Derbyan Parakeet is said to be a little shy and not super active. It must be handled often, and preferably starting early on, to ensure tameness. They love to chew and destroy wood toys, so you will need to invest in safe wood toys to keep them occupied.

Behavior:

The Derbyan Parakeet can be loud when they want to, but they don’t usually want to very often. Because of their volume, they are not recommended for apartment dwelling. Having one bird that gets plenty of attention will decrease the noise level.

These birds are known to be able to have great vocabularies and they speak with clarity like the Amazon’s.

Diet:

You should provide no more than 70 percent of the Parakeet diet with top-quality pellets. Some of those pellets are just junk. We like the Totally Organics Pellets that we carry because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also carry Harrison's Organic Pellets.

I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

The other 30 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!

No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.

We always suggest you invest in a good quality water bottle so that they always have clean fresh water to drink. Lixit makes one that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on if you are worried about safety.

If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.

We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.

CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).

Cages:

Because of their long tails, Derbyan parakeets need tall cages, and the cage should be as large as possible. They must have a sturdy, quality cage due to their powerful beaks. A minimum size for a single pet would be 36 x 18 x 24 inches.


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Lineolated Parakeet

Lineolated Parakeet, Indy

General Description:

The wild Lineolated Parakeet is green with the feathers on its back, rump and undersides edged with black. They have big sweet eyes to match their personality. There are several mutations now to choose from.

Personality and behavior:

Lineolated Parakeets are nearly perfect as far as behavior goes. They are usually very quiet, but not boring in the least. They make a perfect apartment companion bird. They love to play with toys and a hand-fed or tame linnie will love to play with you too.

Even a hand-tame Lineolated will be fine left at home all day with lots of toys and still be sweet when you get home. They are not known to be nippy or fearful. They may go through a nippy stage around a year of age, but consistent handling and patience will get you through.

A single pet Lineolated may bond to its owner if it is not handled by others regularly. If you want a family pet, then you need to make sure everyone spends one-on-one time with it.

Some Lineolated Parakeets hang “bat-style” to sleep. Many like to hide and play under shirt collars and in little birdie huts. They have delightful little chortling sounds that match their happy personality.

Diet:

You should provide no more than 70 percent of the Parakeet diet with top-quality pellets. Some of those pellets are just junk. We like the Totally Organics Pellets that we carry because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also carry Harrison's Organic Pellets.

I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Switching Budgies (ground feeders) To Pellets article

The other 30 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!

No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.

We always suggest you invest in a good quality water bottle so that they always have clean fresh water to drink. Lixit makes one that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on if you are worried about safety.

If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.

We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.

CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).

Cages:

The minimum requirements for a single Lineolated Parakeet is 16x9x15 inches, with the bar spacing no larger than 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch. In my opinion, a bigger cage is better because you can provide more toys without it being crowded. You might give some thought to how you are going to retrieve the bird from the cage when necessary. Some cages have little doors and tall roofs that are impossible to get to the top of, especially when filled with perches and toys.

Think about your tolerance for cleaning the cage before purchasing one. Some cages have slanted sides down to the tray that will get covered in poop. Others don’t have proper fitting drawers that will allow poop and debris to get underneath it. Also, don’t buy some cheap cage at the flea market that has toxic paint!

As mentioned earlier, provide lots of stimulating toys and healthy things to chew. Buy a cage that has a safe coating on it, because these birds will use their beak to climb around the cage a lot.

Moustached/Mustached

The Moustached/Mustached Parakeets have a gray-blue head, black “beard and mustache” and a salmon pink throat and breast. Their wings are light green with a yellowish patch. Their tails are blue down the center with a blue-green outer edge and yellow-green tips. They have coral red beaks and yellow eyes.

Female Moustached/Mustached Parakeets generally have a duller pink color on their chests and their middle tail feathers are shorter than the male's feathers. Their shorter tails, light pink bills, and the incomplete cheek stripes easily distinguish immature individuals.

Personality and behavior:

These parakeets may look like a Ringneck, but they are different in personality and behavior.

They have clear voices like the Plum Headed Parakeet, but they don’t have a reputation for talking much. They are not as loud as most ringnecks, but they do know how to make a loud call. They have a sweet, calm personality yet are still outgoing.

They are very intelligent and therefore are very opinionated and stubborn. You will need to get a hand-fed baby and consistently work with it for the possibility of having a companion bird.

Diet:

You should provide no more than 70 percent of the Parakeet diet with top-quality pellets. Some of those pellets are just junk. We like the Totally Organics Pellets that we carry because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also carry Harrison's Organic Pellets.

I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

The other 30 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!

No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.

We always suggest you invest in a good quality water bottle so that they always have clean fresh water to drink. Lixit makes one that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on if you are worried about safety.

If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.

We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.

CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).

Cages:

Because of their long tails, plum headed parakeets need tall cages, and the cage should be as large as possible. They must have a sturdy, quality cage due to their powerful beaks. A minimum size for a single pet would be 36 x 18 x 24 inches.



Plum Headed

General Description:

The male Plum Headed Parakeet has a strikingly beautiful pink to purple colored head, three shades of green from a light blue-green to olive one the back, dark green wings with red spots and a yellow-green belly with an orange-yellow beak.

The difference with the female Plum Headed Parakeet is that she has a gray head, not red spots on her wings and has a light yellow beak. Both birds have a black and emerald green ring around the throat and a black beard from the lower mandible down to top of the chest.

The Plum Headed Parakeet makes an excellent pet. They are intelligent birds, and many learn to talk. Some may learn several phrases. The time and attention you give this bird will make the difference in whether it will be a pretty bird to look at or a companion bird.

Personality and behavior:

Plum Headed Parakeets must be handled frequently by you and others if you want the bird to be a companion. They are generally considered quiet when compared to many other parrots. They can however make some shrill noises when alarmed.

They should be given toys and things to chew, though they are not hard chewers like some of the other Asiatic Parakeets. Most Plum Headed Parrots enjoy being close to their human companions, even sitting on you, but they generally do not enjoy being petted.

Diet:

You should provide no more than 70 percent of the Parakeet diet with top-quality pellets. Some of those pellets are just junk. We like the Totally Organics Pellets that we carry because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also carry Harrison's Organic Pellets.

I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

The other 30 percent of their diet should consist of some seed blend along with dehydrated or fresh colorful vegetables, beans, rice and a little fruit, again preferably organic. Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!

No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.

We always suggest you invest in a good quality water bottle so that they always have clean fresh water to drink. Lixit makes one that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on if you are worried about safety.

If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.

We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.

CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).

Cages:

Because of their long tails, plum headed parakeets need tall cages, and the cage should be as large as possible. They must have a sturdy, quality cage due to their powerful beaks. A minimum size for a single pet would be 36 x 18 x 24 inches.

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Cages for Vet Visits and Outings

You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Parakeets in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your parrot with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.

We prefer the Adventure Pack for our birds. Besides it being a nice normal cage, it has a removable canvas cover that works like a tent. You can roll up or keep down as many sides as you wish.

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Parakeet Stories Written By Their Owners

Below are some stories of Parakeets written by their owners. Just place your mouse cursor over a picture to see who's bird you are going to read about. Then, just "click" on the picture to go to their page.

Alexandrine Parakeet, KaseyLineolated Parakeet, IndyRosey Rainbow Bourkes Parakeet, RoseyGrass Parakeet picture / Photo - Grass Parakeet

Indian Ringneck Parakeet picture, Pedro


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